And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
-1 Peter 17-20 NLT
We are told to fear God; The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom! (Prov 9:10) We SHOULD have a deep, abiding respect for GOD which includes a holy, reverential fear or honor of Him because He is able to cast both body and soul into hell. (Matt 10:28) The wisest man in the Bible and one of the wealthiest to live, King Solomon, came to the end of his life and realized it was full of waste! Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. (Ecc 1:2,3,14)
Leader, God and His service is EVERYTHING. When we understand WHO JESUS is, and we know WHY WE ARE HERE, this becomes the foundation for our LIVES! When Peter correctly answered Jesus’ question on who HE IS, Jesus told him this was the BEDROCK of LIFE! “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt 16:18)
Conduit, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, which means PEBBLE. Jesus told the “Pebble”, when He CONFESSED, ““You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” that, that BELIEF- is the ROCK, the foundation for all else! Today make sure you are standing on SOLID ROCK and understand that there is only one way to the Father and that is through His Son Jesus! Build your life on that foundation and realize everything else is VANITY!