1 Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
What if we were given a chance to start over? Knowing everything we know now we get the chance to start again; would we do it? This isn’t some fairytale, it is our post today. We can start over. So are you interested? Okay, hang on then.
V.14 – Children of God
Ever been in a grocery store and see a child throwing a fit wanting candy or a toy? Even worse is when the parent gives in buying the child whatever they were screaming for.
Peter challenges us in this verse to be obedient children. This isn’t as easy as we might think. When we were young we wanted to grow up; after we grew up and began dealing with the pressures of life we wished we were back at the home place where life was much simpler. I have seen this attitude in the work place where a person of importance grew tired of the supervisory demands and wanted to step back to a time when the demands were not so tough. In either case, if we tried such a thing, we quickly want to start giving orders again. Once we taste what it’s like to be in charge we find it hard to let go of that control. When we are saved we truly start over again which is why we use the term “born again” to describe being saved. Not only do we have to learn about God we have to unlearn all the bad habits we picked up before we were saved. This is not easy. We resist the idea of being back in a submissive role dependent upon others. How do we get past all these insecurities and become obedient children? I’ll answer that with a question: what does a good father provide his children? The answer is safety, provision and love. When we feel safe and secure, when we feel loved, it is easy to submit. That is our answer; if we put our trust in our Heavenly Father He will provide us safety, provision and love.
The latter part of the verse tells us not to look back. Once we trust in Jesus looking back can only cause us misery. Satan will try to get us to remember past events that seemed so much fun. (Sin can be fun for a time before we have to pay the piper.) But, if we have committed to the Christian life, we must learn to put the past behind us and live God’s way. Only in submission to God will we find safety, provision and love.