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. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. – 1 Peter 4:3-8
Dear Lord Jesus,
This is a powerful section of scripture blowing the foggy haze away from all the arguments for living a self-indulgent life. You put your finger on the exact things that happen to so many people caught up in the party scene. The social expectation to join in on lusts of the flesh only make it all that more difficult for people to get free from substance abuse and addiction to pleasure. But you have given us more than any party or sexual encounter could ever give. You give us love, peace, and power to control ourselves. You give us meaningful things to do to change the world and you give us rescue forever. I have a great life without the party scene because of your Holy Spirit has led me to you and has taught me the meaning of life. By his strength help me be intoxicated with loving others and helping them in their faith life instead of constantly obsessing about the next entertaining thing I get to do.
Pastor Don Patterson
The high life is lived without lows of substance, regret, guilt and hangover.