Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.” 1 Peter 4:1-2, The Message
What does it mean to think like Jesus? How will that change our view of living life daily? These are questions that need answers if we really are serious about learning to think like Him.
We all have a worldview. What we think and believe is reflected in our behavior, right down to the simplest acts of response, reaction and proaction each day. To think like Jesus is a continuing development of a Biblical worldview. George Barna explains it well,
“A biblical worldview is thinking like Jesus. It is a way of making our faith practical to every situation we face each day. A biblical worldview is a way of dealing with the world such that we ACT like Jesus, twenty-four hours a day, because we THINK like Jesus.” (George Barna, Think Like Jesus)
It’s like having a pair of special eyeglasses we wear that enables us to see things differently, to see things from God’s point of view, and to respond to those perceptions in the way that He would prescribe if He were to provide us with direct and personal revelation.
Jesus taught his disciples HOW to think as much as what to think. His teaching is for all who follow him as we learn to think more like Him. In more simple terms for us it is asking the question, “what would Jesus do if He were in my shoes right now?” and applying the answer without compromising because of how we anticipate the world reacting. It might sound simple but in this world of “have it your way” and “get it while you can” we see that this thinking like Jesus will be a profoundly opposite way of thinking and behaving and must be a daily developmental process.
Peter goes on to say,
3-5 You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet—and before God himself.
6 Listen to the Message. It was preached to those believers who are now dead, and yet even though they died (just as all people must), they will still get in on the life that God has given in Jesus.
7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
Did you get that??...In everything may God get the credit, the glory, honor and praise! That’s the beginning of thinking like Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Son came down and modeled perfectly how to think, how to see things from your perspective and how to live to please You, not for the response or applause of others. Thank you! Now help us to think and behave more like You taught us. Most of the time we see that Your thinking is the exact opposite of what the world says we must believe and act upon. That’s a good place to start. Thank you for saving us. Teach us still. Transform us to be more and more, in every way, like You. Help us to react and respond more like you.
In Jesus Name, Amen