Scripture to Read: 1 Peter 1:14-16
God has told us to keep our hope fixed on the grace we have in Christ. Today, God starts by calling us obedient children, which means He expects our obedience to Him every day. So, walking in obedience to our Lord means we must not walk in the patterns of this world. God tells us in 1 Peter 1:14, "do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance." Since we have surrendered to Christ as Lord, our lives should no longer look the same. Even though our "flesh" still hungers for the garbage of this life (Romans 6:12-14), God does not want us conformed to our fleshly lusts. God calls us to be holy - 1 Peter 1:15, "as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct." To be holy means to be set apart from the world and to choose to walk in total obedience to our Lord and His Word. God has Peter quote from Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:26; and Leviticus 21:8. The standard of being holy has always been God's standard for His children. Jesus even makes this clear in Matthew 5:48. Holiness is only possible through a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, for apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Walking in holiness is an act of our will as we fellowship with our Lord and His Word. We are transformed by His Spirit in us, and we're also transformed by His Word (Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:9-11). God has called us to holiness, so we must stop making excuses and live as He commands.
Challenge & Application
1. How does your life look different since surrendering to Christ as Lord?
2. How are you living in holiness each day, and what are you doing to pursue holiness since God commands it?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!