A Better Race

3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. 4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you (1 Peter 4).

If real satisfaction were to be found in sinful living, we would already have had ample time to find it, and there would be no more reason to chase after it. But for those still in the hunt, the lure of the chase never ceases concerning such a course, and they simply cannot understand why anyone would drop out of the race. They are always “surprised” and cannot help but “malign” them.

The word “malign” means “to blaspheme, or to speak evil of”—sort of ironic, is it not? That those who do evil call evil those who do not do evil along with them. They hate to see their numbers decrease, especially since that is where they find strength, thus, they hate them for dropping out of the race and not running along with them anymore.

Thank You, Lord, for drawing us into a different race—a race toward righteousness. Help us This Day to run well and to be Your instruments in drawing others into this better race. Amen.