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Who Wants to Be Holy?

1 Peter 1.13-16
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Holiness is a tough sale for pastors to make today! Who really wants to be holy? In most people’s minds, holiness stands for moral superiority, a judgmental spirit, and nonparticipation in the world’s pleasures. How can we persuade reticent readers of 1 Peter that they should be holy?
Most churches don’t teach “separation from sin.” If we did so, we’d have to eliminate TV and most movies. We’d have to stay away from professional sporting events where many are drunk and foul language prevails. We’d have to purge our desires for this world’s goods and pleasures. Where do we draw the line? Wouldn’t we then become hypocrites?
Yes, it’s a tough sale to make . . . if it were merely the apostle Peter or Pastor Jeff who was doing the promoting. But Christ Himself told us to be holy. He said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5.16). We should be holy because we love our holy Lord. If that doesn’t motivate us, we must remember that our lives will be judged.
Believers should be set apart and different because of God’s qualities in our lives. Our focus and priorities must be His. We have already been declared holy because of our faith in Christ, but we must work out that divine family likeness in our day-by-day walk, behavior, and conduct. We cannot become holy on our own, but God gives us His Holy Spirit to help us. We will not achieve perfect holiness in this life; Peter’s words mean that all parts of our lives and character should be in the process of becoming conformed, both inwardly and outwardly, to God’s holy standards and not the world’s.
Today pray for help in setting a holy course for your life that steers away from both moral compromise and acting “holier than thou.”
Pastor Jeff
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