Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh [and died for us], arm yourselves [like warriors] with the same purpose [being willing to suffer for doing what is right and pleasing God], because whoever has suffered in the flesh [being like-minded with Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [having stopped pleasing the world], 2 so that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living for human appetites and desires, but [lives] for the will and purpose of God.
“For the rest of my life” how often does a person say that or even have that kind of “long term” perspective on their own lives. We are more like “for now” kind of people as in “I live in Shanghai for now” or “I work at this company for now”. Rather the rest of my life should be shaped by God’s purpose expressed uniquely in me; an expression which is good, perfect for me and pleasing to the Father (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, people and Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Look around you right now, take note of someone near to you and pray for them silently