1 Peter 4:7-11
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Living for God means no longer living for yourself. The Bible tells us that Christians have been bought with a price, and we have been made new creatures in Christ. We are no longer living for ourselves, satisfying the desires of our sinful nature. Instead, we are called to live for God, doing those things which please and glorify him.
These verses are a great place to start if you’re wondering what it means to live for God. Let’s dig in and take a closer look at what He desires from those living for him.
These verses begin by warning us that the end of all things is at hand. Living in today’s world, I don’t think the end has ever been closer than it is right now. Christians are called to be serious in their faith and watchful for our Savior. As we look at these verses, take them to heart and meditate on how you can apply them to your daily life.
1. Have fervent love for one another
Living for God means loving one another. God’s love is patient and kind. It is not prideful, rude, or self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) This verse reminds us that love covers a multitude of sins. Love allows us to look past the faults of others, and instead, see the good in those around us.
2. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling
Living for God means being kind and friendly. It means welcoming those around us to take part in what we have been given. Being hospitable means opening up our home, using our car, or giving of our time to help those around us. God calls us to share our blessings with a cheerful attitude. Whether you give of your time, money, or material items, be hospitable and generous to those God places in your path.
3. Be good stewards of our gifts
Living for God means using our God-given gifts wisely and in a way that brings glory to his name. Whether we have been given the gift of speaking or of ministering, we are to do it with the ability God has supplied. We are to be good stewards and caretakers of our gifts. We are to use them in a way that honors God and witnesses to others of His power and might. If God has given you the gift of teaching, teach in a way that brings glory to His name. If you have been given the gift of wealth, glorify God by being a cheerful giver. Gift of singing, glorify God with your voice. Sewing, glorify God with your hands. Whatever your gift, glorify God.