Monday, December 12, 2022
I Peter 1:13-16
Whenever a verse starts out with “Therefore,” we want to look at earlier verses to understand the text to embrace the action commands that follow. The earlier verses say that we will be tested by trials for the genuineness of our faith to the point that all the praise and honor and glory belong to Jesus Christ. To be ready for this we must prepare our minds for action by being sober-minded (clear-minded) and setting our hope fully on the grace given to us through Jesus Christ. But what does it mean to be holy? “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” You’ve heard the expression “you think you are holier than thou.”
When I hear that. I think of someone thinking they are perfect, above others, thinking of themself as very religious. When we are called to be holy, we are actually being called out of darkness and evil. We are called to be holy in our conduct to be connected to God. There is a hymn called the Beauty of Holiness by Robin Mark,
In the beauty of holiness, We see You son of righteousness
So we bring all that we possess; To lay at Your feet
In the place where Your glory shines; Jesus lover of all mankind
You have drawn us with love sublime; To make us complete.
So I pause at your gates once more; As my heart and spirit soar
And I wish I could love You more; My God and my King.
Is there tribute that I could bring; Was there ever a song to sing
That could ever express, my King; The work that You’ve done
Could I ever conceive of this; All the depths and the delights
And breadth of the riches; I now possess because of Your love.
Prayer: Father, you have called me to be holy for you are holy. As your child, help me to not conform to the passions of my former ignorance before I knew you. Help me to be holy in all that I do, giving you all the praise, honor, and glory. It is only through the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.