Focal passage: 1 Peter 4:1-11
When I was a junior in high school, I went to work for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant that opened near where we lived.
One of the things that stood out to me was the level of in-depth equipping and training for new employees regarding how to do things the Chick-fil-A way. You see, that was crucial equipping as these new employees had one of two issues that had to be overcome.
They either had no previous food service experience and had to be trained from scratch, or they had come with some background in food service and needed to “un-learn” their old ways so they could do things the “Chick-fil-A way.”
The goal of all this, of course, was so every employee represented the company well and delivered the kind of quality product Chick-fil-A is known for.
In similar fashion, when we come to know Christ, we are surrendering our lives to Him, no longer living for ourselves but for God and His glory.
We are representatives of Christ (“ambassadors” – 2 Corinthians 5:20) and His Kingdom to a watching world.
And, Christ has equipped us – through the truth of His Word that guides us and His indwelling Holy Spirit that is transforming us – to live the Jesus way, rather than the old, dead way of our old lives before Christ.
When we are ridiculed for living in a way that seems so foolish to a lost world, we look to the example of, and depend on the strength of, our Savior who gave His life for us.
It is to our heavenly Father we will give an account for how we have lived the new life He gave to us in Christ. And, as we live our lives in service to Him and others – largely illustrated by the way we love others – we do so for the sake of His glory.
We have been equipped to live our lives for the glory of God. The question is, “Are others seeing the glory of God in and through us?”