You Can Make An Impact | 1 Peter 2:11-12

1 Peter 2:11-12 | You Can Make An Impact

Do your life make an impact in the lives of people around you? I believe that God expects you and me to be more than ordinary. In fact, we are to live a life of impact. We are to be light in the darkness, salt to the world, and ambassadors of Jesus Christ so that we can impact the people around us to receive God and to glorify God. You can make an impact.

How can we make an impact in the world?

1 Peter 2:11-12 // Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

The first and the foremost way we can make an impact is by becoming a child of God.

1. Become A Child Of God

We cannot make an impact of our own. We are by nature sinful but when we are born again, God will use us to make an impact in the world. How can we be child of God? 1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

We become a child of God when we are born again by the word of God, which is the gospel. The gospel is faith in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The faith that Jesus is coming to establish is kingdom. One has to believe Jesus and confess one’s sins to be a child of God. Christ in us becomes enables us to make an impact in the world.

Privileges Of A Child Of God

Do you know the privilege God gives us when we become God’s child? 1 Peter 2:9-10 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Therefore, in order for your life to be impactful, you need to become a child of God. God can transform us wherein we become a catalyst of change in the world.

2. Abstain From Sinful Desires

1 Peter 2:11 // Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.

Peter spoke until now the general exhortations as to how one lives as a believer.

Live in holiness

1 Peter 1:15-16 // But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Live in love

1 Peter 1:22 // Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

Live in hope

1 Peter 1:13 // Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

Now, Peter gives us practical insights as to how one can live in holiness in actual life situations.

Peter is writing to them as dear friends. Peter is not just giving them some lecture, but he cares for them as brothers and sisters in God’s family.

The world is not the true home for Christians.

We are foreigners and strangers in this world. We belong to God’s kingdom and we must live according to the values of that kingdom.

Abstain means avoid. This means our inward desires are not uncontrollable but it can be consciously nurtured and restrained by the power of God. These desires wage war against our soul. The desires may initially seem to be harmless because desires usually does not immediately break froth into wrong actions. But in reality these desires harm the Christian’s soul making him spiritually weak and ineffective.

Here is what we do in accord with what we are in Christ Jesus. As citizens of heaven we are to abstain from passions of the flesh because they wage war against our soul. Even born again people battle with sinful desires. But there should be a change in a believer, a change in new direction where we abstain from such desires because God has made us holy.

1 Corinthians 5:7 // Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

So in Christ we are an unleavened batch. In Christ we are sinless, so try to live without sin. Passions of the flesh dent our proclamation of the our praise of God.

How to overcome the passions of the flesh?

Replace those sinful desires with good desires.

Set Your Hope

1 Peter 1:13 // Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

Drink From The Word

1 Peter 2:1-3 // Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Don’t Live In Ignorance

1 Peter 1:14 // As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. Before we were saved, we were ignorant, so we had passions which conformed to evil. Now that you are saved do not be conformed to these old passions but have thirst for new passion in Jesus

Now, as one becomes a child of God and tries to abstain from sinful passions and desires, remember you can be slandered and mocked by people.

3. Believers Can Be Slandered

1 Peter 2:12 // Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Remember, earlier we were living according to our sinful desires earlier, but now that we are trying to be different you can be slandered.

1 Peter 4:3-4 // For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

I have faced a lot of slander for taking a stand on various issues according to the word of God. When my father and mother got saved, they were slandered by many friends and families. So when one takes a stand for Jesus, remember we can be slandered.

We Are To Do More Good Deeds

1 Peter 2:12 // Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

The world must see our good deeds.

A Christian’s Good Deeds Make An Impact In The World

Good Deeds Will Lead To The World To Glorify God.

1 Peter 2:12 // Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Our conduct has to be seen by the world, which will enable them to glorify God. The world may call you as evil doers, but when they see your good deeds they will know that you are not evil doers, but the will in turn glorify God in heaven.

Our good deeds as a child of God can make an impact in the world.

When you become a child of God, the world will malign you because you are not participating in their evil. So when they see your good deeds, they will glorify God.

Good Deeds Will Silence Our Critics

1 Peter 2:15 // For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

1 Peter 3:15-16 // But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

They may be put to shame.

Our Good Deeds Leads To God’s Glory

1 Peter 2:12 // Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Day of visitation: Could be the second coming or the day when God visits them to be born again.

Conclusion:

You can make an impact. You are called to make an impact in this wicked and corrupt world.

How can you make an impact?

Christians living in an unbelieving society must avoid sinful desires and continually maintain exemplary patterns of life. Christians must continue in good work. We may be mocked or slandered for this. However, when the unbelievers see our exemplary lifestyle and the good works that we do, they will be saved and God will be glorified. There is no reason to doubt that such a strategy for evangelism would still work today.

Life is so short, no one lives forever. So why waste an opportunity to make an impact by living holy and doing the good works that God created us for? Let’s pray.

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