A Future in God
13-16 So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
18-21 Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,
The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.
2 1-3 So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.
What Peter is talking about here is accommodating theology. In other words, I want to have my way and God's way at the same time...but it doesn't work that way. My choice to live for God creates for me boundaries. I live according to His will, not mine. "He must increase and I must decrease" the Scripture says. I can't accommodate me and God at the same time. It's impossible to live that way and be walking according to God's Word...the Bible.
Here is a sampling of accommodating theology:
God wants me to be happy. I can't be happy married to her. So I'm leaving . . . and I know He will understand.
There was a time when this might have been considered immoral. But not today. The Lord gave me this desire and wants me to enjoy it.
Look, nobody's perfect. So I got in deeper than I planned. Sure, it's a little shady, but what's grace all about, anyway?
Hey, life's too short to sweat the small stuff. We're not under law, you know.
If that's true . . . if that's right, then what in the world does it mean to be holy?
"Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior"
(1 Pet. 1:15).
"For this is the will of God, . . . that you abstain from sexual immorality" (1 Thess. 4:3).
Or under grace?
"Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!"
The simple fact is this: If we sow a lifestyle that is in direct disobedience to God's revealed Word, we ultimately reap disaster.
The consequences of sin may not come immediately . . . but they will come eventually. And when they do, there will be no excuses, no rationalization, no accommodation. God doesn't compromise with consequences.
When the bill comes due, the wages of willful sin must be paid in full.
God is not out to get us. But, too often, we just want God around when we need His love grace and support, but there is also, the holiness of God who says, I want your love dedication and support. Something to think about!