Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Holy Call - August 3, 2010

1 Peter 1:13-16 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
13Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God’s kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again. 14Because you are children who obey God, don’t live the kind of lives you once lived. Once you lived to satisfy your desires because you didn’t know any better. 15But because the God who called you is holy you must be holy in every aspect of your life. 16Scripture says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”

There was a time for many of us that we were caught up in the things of this world. We sought riches and fame, and all the trappings of success that the world had to offer. Our goal was to grab that "brass ring" and get everything we could along the way. Unfortunately, the life we pursued was hollow and empty, and led us to a place where we had a desparate need to fill that emptiness. We longed for something better and asked if there was anything else to life. By the grace and mercy of God, He brought us searching to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Now that we have become followers of Jesus Christ, we are no longer a part of this world. We are no longer a product of the culture or society or our jobs or anything that has to do with present things. Our acceptance of the salvation of our souls through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, sets us apart from anything that is earthly. God's forgiveness of our sins allows us to inherit a place of right standing in the presence of God when we die.

Since we have been given such a gracious gift through the mercy of God, Peter instructs us to live lives worthy of the call that God has placed on our lives. In these verses from 1 Peter, he gives us this instruction on what we are to do: "So prepare your minds for service and have self-control. All your hope should be for the gift of grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ is shown to you." We are to live focused, obedient and holy lives, ready to serve God in the all things, and to make ourselves ready for the return of Christ.

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