Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
Verse: 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV 2011)
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
We are to be holy just as God is holy, but how can we do this? We can’t; it is God who can make us holy. However, we are to be obedient. In this passage, we learn that obedience requires us to guard against our “evil desires.” We are to love one another and rid [ourselves] of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind [v. 2:1]. What an impossible thing for us to do, but all things are made possible through Christ.
In addition to what is written of in today’s passage, let’s look at a couple of other Scripture verses that tell us what it takes, generally, to be sanctified or made holy. In John 17:17 Jesus prays for His disciples. He asked the Father to “sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” Obedience, to what is written of in the Holy Bible, makes us holy. We, however, are unable to be obedient on our own. We need power from the Holy Spirit. In John 17, Jesus continues to pray for His disciples. He said, in verse 19, it is “for them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” To be holy, we need the atoning sacrifice made for us by Jesus Christ.
May we desire to be holy. May we be obedient to the One who has called us to be holy. May we accept God’s grace, Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit’s power. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)