1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Introductory Thoughts

The traditions of men produce lives lived in vain. According to scripture, the word conversation means much more than merely words being spoken from one person to another. The context shows that the word refers to the way in which a person lives his life (2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Peter 3:1). As such, those who build their lives upon the traditions of men may work very hard and be even deemed faithful. Yet, this life is all for naught because their lives are built upon vanity. Sadly, some of the most faithful followers of religion are those who are promoting the traditions of men from which they will gain no eternal benefits. The only conversation that proves fruitful in eternity is the one built upon the commandments of God.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Many teach that we get to heaven by doing good works. The only “work” that one does is to believe (John 6:28-29; 1 John 3:23a). Good works follow faith; they do not precede it (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-8). If one does not believe first, works will be worthless (Matthew 7:21-23).
  • (For everyone): How can a life based upon tradition be a life of vanity? How can it contain a lot of activity but be less fruitful? What can you do to make sure that your life counts in eternity?
  • What are some things that people do in the name of religion that will leave them without reward? How will some people work their whole lives only to end up in hell?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help your life count for something.
  • Thank the Lord for giving you His word by which you can live.