Monday, September 26, 2011

Called to be Holy

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
(1Pe 1:13-16)
We’re called to be holy as God is holy.  That is no small task, but we’re called to do it anyway.  You’ll notice normal people don’t have this call.  “Former lusts” refers to the time in our lives where we didn’t know God and therefore thought we didn’t know better.  We know better now.

We’re to be obedient, following God.  Note that it says here following God is opposed to our former lusts or desires.  The things of this world that others desire are not for us to desire.  The things that this world wants are not always want God wants and so we must be careful.

We aren’t called to be normal.  We’re not called to desire what others desire.  We’re not called to want for ourselves.  Just because something sounds hard or abnormal or opposed to what we’re used to doing doesn’t mean we’re not called to do it, and in fact, many times we are.

Jesus said to follow Him, we’d have to take up our cross first.  It isn’t meant to be easy.  I have to try to remember that as I ponder what God is asking of me, as it isn’t always or even usually easy.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
(1Pe 3:8-11)
Compare the above with what we see on the news or even on the playground.  This is not what we want to do or what we end up doing and it is precisely what we’re called to do.  Though there is drama in the Bible, drama for the sake of drama is not from God.

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