Summary: This is the 8th sermon in the series "Don't Be Discouraged". We need to think like Jesus.
Series: Don’t Be Discouraged [#8]
It is approaching that time of the year where everyone is in their championship part of their season. College swimming is over; but we still have basketball. I enjoy watching Jason’s girls’ team play as well as watching College basketball, especially this time of the year. Something I see a lot of coaches doing when “getting onto” their players is they point at their head and say, “Think”. I have said this to my kids as well as many others’ kids when they are doing something stupid- “Think”.
1 Peter 4:1-5 (NIV)
“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
This morning, our text is telling us to think; but not like we used to- Think like Jesus. How do you do that?
1 Peter 4:1-2 (MSG)
“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”
In order to think like Jesus,
1. You must see your sufferings as useful.
I know that statement sounds a little crazy, (or at least it does to me); but we have to learn how to look at what we are going through differently. The statement, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” can be true if we allow it to be. We aren’t supposed to lay around and dwell on how bad we have it- That’s selfish. We are to understand that things happen and we need to trust God that He knows what He is doing and be open to His leadership.
1 Peter 4:3-5 (MSG)
“You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet- and before God himself.”
In order to think like Jesus,
2. Be done with your old ways.
I really like how the Message Bible put this. You have spent plenty of your time sinning and now it’s time to live like Jesus. It is extremely important that we see the old way of living paired with our old friends. I’m not saying that you can’t have friends that aren’t Christian; but I will tell you that if you “hang out” with them and spend all of your time with them that you will also act like them. They are not going to understand why you don’t want to do all of those things that you used to do.