Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV)
Armed With Attitude
I have wasted a lot of time. I thought what I shouldn’t have thought. I said what I shouldn’t have said. I did what I shouldn’t have done. I lived entirely for my own comfort and pleasure. I did whatever I pleased. I was guilty of living a dark and sinful life. Those days are over. Those thoughts and words and deeds are long gone. You rescued me from that life without you. You pulled me off the course that I was on. You paid for my sins. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You freely gave up your life so I could have a new life in you. You suffered and died on my behalf. Yes, I did.
What kind of life do you now want to live? I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to follow you to wherever you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I want to follow your example. I want my heart and mind and life to be armed with the same attitude that you had when you lived your life as a man in this life. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I will no longer live for myself. I will no longer live for the pleasures of this world. My eyes are on you. I now know that I am just a visitor passing through this world. My real and future home is with you in heaven. I now know that I am here for a reason. You have given my life meaning. You have given my life purpose. You want to use me as your witness in the world. You want my life to shine brightly for you. You want to use me. You want to bear fruit through my life that will last for all eternity. You want me to share the good news of the Gospel with others. You want my thoughts and words and deeds to be a testimony of the life of salvation that can be had in you. You want to speak to others through my life. You want an abundance of people to be drawn to you so that they can also come to live in your kingdom. Will you allow me to use you? Will you serve me? Will you live your life as a bright and shining witness for me? Will you share the Good News of salvation in me with others? Yes, Lord, I will do all that you ask of me with joy and devotion in my heart. It is my pleasure to serve you. That is very good.
Lord, I am tired of thinking self-centered, worldly and sinful thoughts. I want your thoughts instead of my own. Replace my attitudes with your same attitude. Help me to think, speak and act just as you would in all that I face in life. Amen
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