7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:7-11
The book of 1 Peter is packed full of many challenges for us to live a life that honors God and brings Him Glory. Just in these few verses from our yearly Bible reading today we are encouraged to live with the end in mind. Truly we are challenged to “live to make Jesus known” to a watching world. We are to spend our moments and our years living “self controlled and sober minded” lives full of love, putting other’s needs above our own. We are to love each person we meet and Peter points out love is the answer to our relationships and our sin problem. Let us never forget it was God Himself who sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins. Peter challenges us to be good stewards of “God’s grace, and His gifts He supplies for us.” What an amazing life we get to live sharing His very Word and serving Him each day with the strength He supplies.
Scripture passages above taken from the English Standard Version, Accordance Bible Software Program.