1 Peter 1:14-16 - Be Holy for I Am Holy!
Obey God because you are his children; don't slip back into your
old ways--doing evil because you knew no better. But be holy now in
everything you do, just as the Lord is holy, who invited you to be his
child. He himself has said, "You must be holy, for I am holy."
1 Pet 1:14-16 (TLB)
After people commit their lives to Christ, they usually still
feel a pull back to their old ways. Peter tells us to be like our
heavenly Father--holy in everything we do. Holiness means being totally
devoted or dedicated to God, set aside for his special use and set apart
from sin and its influence. We're to be set apart and different, not
blending in with the crowd, yet not being different just for the sake of
being different. What makes us different are God's qualities in our
lives. Our focus and priorities must be his. All this is in direct
contrast to our old ways (1:14). We cannot become holy on our own, but
God gives us his Holy Spirit to help us obey and to give us power to
overcome sin. Don't use the excuse that you can't help slipping into sin.
Call on God's power to free you from sin's grip. [Life Application
Our daily expression of holiness is a reflection of our faith in
Christ. If we have no desire to be holy, we should seriously question
the genuineness of our faith in the Lord Jesus.
Christ not only died to save us from the punishment for our
sins, but also from slavery to sin in this worldly culture. To
continue to live in sin as a Christian is contradictory to the most basic
meaning of Christianity. Christ died to save us from our sins, not to
let us remain in our sins (Mat.1:21; 1Jo.1:6,7). What kind of
person would want to follow Christ and not desire to live a holy
Holiness, then, is not an option for the believer. Paul wrote
to Titus, "For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of
all men, training us to renounce irreligious and worldly passions,
and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world"
(Tit.2:11,12). Though holiness is not a condition for salvation, it is the
natural consequence of salvation. We do not become holy in order to be
saved, but because we are saved. We do not do good works to get to
heaven, but because heaven has already come into our hearts.
To trust Christ for salvation is to trust him for holiness. If
there is no desire for holiness within, then it is doubtful that the
Holy Spirit has come to dwell within. The Holy Spirit does not save
us without giving us the desire to live a holy life. Floyd McClung
[Time with God SB]