13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[c]
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Holy has two meanings of which I am aware. One is set apart for God and the other is the ‘otherness’ of God. Both are true for the Christian. We are set apart by God and for God. We are also changed so that our character becomes more godly. As we focus on God our true self comes through and this results in more righteous work. However, these acts that God calls us toward are not something which we can boast about because they are only possible because God is at work in us.
we are purified by obeying the truth. The truth that the Christian obeys is to live life the way that it was designed to be lived. Since the fall, things are messed up. It is for the Christian to align the world once more with the way that God wanted it to be.
Help us to remember that we are called to a different quality of life. Help us to be holy as you are holy. We are not to be as we once were. help us to embrace change.
- What does an alert and fully sober mind do?
- What is the rationale for being holy?
- How does one purify oneself?
- Why might someone object to being pure and holy?
- What is your next step in embracing holiness?