SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 1:13-16
A Call to Holy Living
13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
The Asbury Bible Commentary states, “Quite simply, as the holy people of God, Christians base their conduct in the world exclusively on God’s revealed will. If they claim God as the Father, who desires only their best, they do not forget that he is also the Judge who demands their best…Peter makes it clear, however, that Christians do not simply try to be different. In fact, Christians can be holy only because of the historic manifestation of Christ. His death provided redeeming power to free Christians from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers (1:18). It is only because they have been freed through Christ’s death (1:18-19) that they can be free from their former way of life (1:14).”
I believe that this call to “holy living” was meant to inspire and encourage those who read it to be there best selves and follow in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As it says, “Christians base their conduct in the world exclusively on God’s revealed will,” I also believe that points directly to the two greatest commandments to love God and love neighbor. But I can also see where this passage could be used in harmful ways to boast that Christians are “better than” others because of this “holy living.” I do not believe that is the intention at all, but again instead words of encouragement to follow the commandments of Christ.
What does “holy living” mean to you? How do you “prepare your mind for action; discipline yourself; etc.”?
Holy God, the sacrifice of your Son, our Savior, frees us to live holy lives where we set all our hope on your grace and love. Help us to share that grace and love with the world through our holy living as direct reflections of you. Amen.