“As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God” (1 Peter 4.2 NIV).
We’ve been told from an early age to “be good.” When we were young, teachers, parents and other adults would explain that we needed to avoid being bad, so we could be good boys and girls. The world emphasizes the human standard of being good (which historically changes through time), yet people forget one very serious point: being good is impossible. Instead of telling us to “be good,” Peter offers us something even better. He explains that the only way we can avoid following our “evil human desires,” is do “the will of God.” It’s not about being good; it’s about being obedient. It is so much easier to focus on doing God’s will rather than trying to be good all the time. God is perfect and holy, and when we follow Him, we will automatically behave in ways that please Him. We may never be good enough, but we can definitely aim towards pleasing God by doing His will. So instead of constantly telling our children to shape up and be good, we can simply encourage them to do the will of God. As they obey God more and more, they will begin to become like Jesus.
“This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’” (Jeremiah 7.23 NLT).