I Peter 1:13-16 MSG, So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
What does it mean to be holy? One definition says; devout, godly or virtuous. How can we be holy as God is holy? There is absolutely no way we can be holy! Trust me, I’ve tried! Perhaps we’re going about it all wrong. God knew that there was no way we could do it, so he sent his son to do it for us. We don’t have to work to be holy, we simply fall back into the finished work Christ did for us on the cross. It’s the process of trusting that what he did was enough, that’s what makes us holy. Giving ourselves totally over to him to be his access point to the world, teaching us to walk in love, showing us a better way, that’s holiness.
We trust that Jesus made us clean. We don’t have to clean ourselves up, we just have to look to him. He took the clothes we were wearing and gave us a new robe called ‘His righteousness’. We know Jesus because we read about him all the time, we talk with him, we’re on a journey together and he’s taking us places where he can do the most good for His Kingdom. Jesus lived to do the will of the Father who sent him. We live to do the will of our Father who sent us into the world. We have merely picked up where Jesus left off. His love is our love. His compassion, our compassion. His mercy, our mercy. The more we give, the more we receive. Where we lack, Jesus more then made up for it by becoming an inexhaustible supply.
“As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness.” Being a Christian should never be boring, never be hoarded, always in the giving and doing mode, focused on others, never on self. You’ve heard the expression, ‘Jesus, the gift that keeps on giving’? That’s exactly what he is in us. God has given us everything we need to live life and it’s found in Jesus. Still not convinced?
2 Peter 1:2-4 says it the best; Jesus has the power of God. And his power has given us everything we need to live a life devoted to God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus chose us by his glory and goodness, through which he also gave us the very great and rich gifts that he promised us. With these gifts you can share in being like God. And so you will escape the ruin that comes to people in the world because of the evil things they want.
Father, you made us in your image and likeness, designed us to love like you, create like you, have dominion over evil like you. You’ve given us everything we need and we use so little. I want to step up into the position I was created to have in You. To step up, I must bow down. To rule, I must serve. It’s not something I can process with my human reasoning. It’s only by your Spirit that I will understand and be able to fulfill this great commission of yours. To be your disciple, to learn at your feet, to lay my will and desires down that you be lifted up. Yours is the Kingdom, the glory forever, Amen