Reverent Fear: 1 Peter 1:17-21

1 Peter 1:17-21 “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

1 Pietro 1:17-21 «E se invocate come Padre colui che giudica senza favoritismi, secondo l’opera di ciascuno, comportatevi con timore durante il tempo del vostro soggiorno terreno, 18 sapendo che non con cose corruttibili, con argento o con oro, siete stati riscattati dal vostro vano modo di vivere tramandatovi dai padri, 19 ma con il prezioso sangue di Cristo, come quello di un agnello senza difetto né macchia. 20 Già designato prima della fondazione del mondo, egli è stato manifestato negli ultimi tempi per voi; 21 per mezzo di lui credete in Dio che lo ha risuscitato dai morti e gli ha dato gloria affinché la vostra fede e la vostra speranza siano in Dio.»


      Peter is reminding us to take our relationship with God seriously and with “reverent fear”. Our relationship with God is not something we do as part of our routine activities. He should be involved in every aspect of our lives. Simply going to church doesn’t mean that you have a “reverent fear” of God. The true status of your relationship with God will be exposed one day. Jesus said it this way. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”(Matthew 7:21)

     Peter also reminds us that God is an impartial judge. God’s children are rewarded justly and without favoritism. Many years of service will not give us extra credit, however!

     Peter finally reminds us that we are “strangers” (sojourners) on earth. We are only passing through on our way to the Father’s house. If you remember the story of Lot, it was when he stopped traveling through the land and took residence in Sodom that he lost his commitment to the Lord. As we go through life’s journey, we must always be cognizant that our relationship with God must be the center focus in whatever we do.

Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded again that I must be serious about my life in You. Help me as I sojourn through life to keep a healthy and reverent fear of our relationship.

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