The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
Whoa! *Light bulb* Guys, what if this was a part of our daily DNA? That we humble ourselves before God so that we can be clear minded and self-controlled, meaning, the mini angel and devil are not on our shoulders because we stand firm in our faith through Christ no matter what. We’re not constantly going back and forth on what’s right or wrong. What if we put our humanly, selfishness aside and do something for someone else with an open heart whether it’s just opening a door with a smile or filling their gas tank? What if we actually used our God-given abilities that are already installed within us to make our relationships/workforce/neighborhood/town/city/country/world a better place? The line “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God” struck me. How different would our conversations with our co-workers, managers, teammates, parents, friends, and even strangers be?
As much as I find this verse uplifting and fascinating, there is no mistake that the first line of this verse is “The end of all things is near.” Just read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. (Was that nail-biting? Don’t worry, read Isaiah 41:10 and Mark 9:23). Our tomorrow is not promised so why spend any day living outside of 1 Peter 4?
Lord God, may we completely surrender our lives to you. This world is temporary and is growing further and further away from You. I pray Your mercy will rain down on us. We are not worthy of it but You are the Father of second, third, fourth chances that believes we can do better. May we realize each day is a gift from you; may each breath be towards Your glory. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.