How to Live the Good Life and See Good Days!
1 Peter 3:8-12
OPEN: Little Johnny was walking down the beach, and he spied a matronly woman sitting under a beach umbrella on the sand. He walked up to her and asked, "Are you a Christian?" "Yes." she replied. "Do you read your Bible every day?" She nodded her head, "Yes." "Do you pray often?" Little Johnny asked next, and again she answered, "Yes." With that he asked his final question, "Will you hold my quarter while I go swimming?"
APPLY: That little boy believed that a ONLY a woman who was a Christian would be trustworthy. He wasn't willing to entrust his quartet with anyone else. Why would that boy believe that? Perhaps it was because that's what he'd been taught... or because that was what he had observed.
ILLUS: A man by the name of William Willimon remembered that back in high school, every Friday and Saturday night, as he was leaving home to go on a date, I remember my mother bidding me farewell at the front door with these weighty words, "Don't forget who your are."
You know what she meant.
She did not mean that I was in danger of forgetting my name and my street address.
She meant that, alone on a date, in the midst of some party, in the presence of some strangers, I might forget who I was. I might lose sight of the values with which I had been raised, answer to some alien name, engage in some unaccustomed behavior.
"Don't forget who you are".
That's what Peter is telling us in this letter. Peter's telling us "Don't forget who you are".
We are back in the Book of 1 Peter tonight, and we will see that God used this big fisherman in a marvelous way! He was in the inner three of those closest to Christ, and He became the leader of the Jerusalem Church. He is writing to Christians who have been scattered because of persecution and their faith in Christ. Peter has pointed out the benefits and blessings of being a child of God. He has also given steps ...
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