1st Peter 1 – Thu – 23-02-23

As a child, I received a beautiful, white, hollow body electric guitar and a Gretsch amp. I was excited. But when I tried to wrap my fingers around the neck in weird configurations to form chords, I became discouraged. I wanted to be a guitar player, but struggled to do it.

Maybe you’ve felt the same way as a Christian. I Peter 1:15-16 says, ‘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.”’ (NIV 1984) Have you felt discouraged by this verse? Do you find it difficult to live a holy life?

Or maybe you feel apathetic. You believe holiness is next to impossible for you, so you shrug your shoulders and ignore the command. Then some of us may feel frustrated. Why would God ask us to do something so difficult? But all of these feelings are tragic.

When you hear God say “Be holy, because I am holy” you should be excited. God didn’t say you needed to be perfect. We don’t lose salvation when we fail. He charged us to be separate and special as he is. Our behavior, attitudes and values must be like his, not the world’s. And here’s the best part. He has given us his Holy Spirit to transform us. And just like my fingers eventually learned to play the guitar, we will become holy like Him.

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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.