Days to Pentecost 08
"Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear." (1Peter 1:17)
Peter the Apostle is now writing to the travelers chosen by God, who are scattered throughout during the persecution of Rome. (1Peter1:1)
For the travelers, life on this earth will not be a life of complacency, but a life of the passing moment.
There is work for the travelers to do during that brief moment, because one day, their Father must judge what they did and how they lived on Earth.
“Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially,
live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.”(1Peter 1:17)
It seems like a fairy tale of children that if they do bad things, they will be punished, and if they do good things, they will live happily ever after, but God's standards for good things and bad things are different from the world, and the children of the Lord must live by doing good things anyway.
It is to do good deeds that deserve recognition from your father.
Peter says that God has changed our status and given us the heart to love each other.
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart." (1Peter1:22)
If we can’t love each other, we may not be disciples of Jesus, and if we can’t love each other deeply from the heart, we may be a liar who only says we believe in Jesus,
because the seed of God’s love has been planted in me after I have been purified by the truth.
So, the way in which the seed of God's love sprouts and blooms within me is to love others deeply.
"And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.
If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him.
That is how we know we are living in him.
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1John 2:4-6)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)
If I plant seeds in the ground in spring and do not sprout,
there are too many things to check, whether there is a problem with soil, a problem with seeds, or a failure to manage them.
Did the seed of love planted in me sprout from the ground?
Here is the praise I sang as a child.
“Love really is to throw away, to throw away, to throw away.
Love is really throwaway and not having more.
That's weird. If I grab a coin, it’s gone, and if I use it or borrow it, it will become rich and full on the ground.
Love is really a throwaway and not having more.”
God asks me to live in fear these days because He will find out how much love I have given to the world on that day,
and how abundant the fruit of love I have borne with the seeds that He had planted in me.
Lord, help the seed of love within me to sprout, blossom, and bear fruit.
Let me live a life that loves others deeply like Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!