Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...
In his great mercy he has given us new birth. 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Nature determines appetite, and when you are born again, God gives you a new appetite that reflects your new nature. So, what would that mean for you? What would that look like in your life?
Think of how appetites normally work. Birds have an appetite for worms. Cats have an appetite for Meow Mix™. You probably don’t care for either. Why not? Because it’s not in your nature.
Appetites are directly related to nature. Cats have an appetite for what cats love. Dogs have an appetite for what dogs love. Sinners have an appetite for what sinners love. And those who’ve been born again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ have an appetite for what Christ loves.
This is the great joy of the Christian life. It is not something imposed from outside of you. God creates a desire to live a new kind of life that rises up from within you. Real freedom is found when what you most desire turns out to be exactly what God commands. That’s freedom.
What evidence have you seen of this new appetite in your own life? How would you describe it? Take a moment and thank God for it.