Good morning and Welcome to Church! This morning we are continuing on with our study through 1 Peter and today our specific emphasis is on holiness. In chapter 1 verse 16, Peter restates the verse from Leviticus which says, “be holy, because I am holy.”
We are commanded to be holy and the Bible gives us a lot of very important and exact instruction on what things in our lives we need to focus on in order to strive for seeing holiness growing and being evident in our lives. Even here in 1 Peter he gives simple, yet profound, instruction that says holiness is to rid ourselves of malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Now, I would suggest that we could probably spend a lifetime just walking daily asking the Holy Spirit within us to help us rid ourselves of these. Would you agree?
When I think of holiness, I think of a child with their parent when the parent tells their child to do something. Sometimes the child might answer with, “but why”. Have you ever been there? And after trying to answer that question as gently and kind as you can a few times, you might finally answer with “because I’m the parent and I said so!”. Have you ever been there?
I think that might also be how we look at holiness. The Bible says we are supposed to be holy, because He is holy, and, quite honestly, that should be enough reason. But today I hope to lead us to think about “why” God wants us to be holy. Is it just because He said so, or is there possibly benefit that we can see from it in our own lives? I suspect that God has a very good reason why He wants us to be holy and I think that a lot of it might be for our own good to help us make it through this crazy world. What do you think?
Let’s pray and ask God to show us what He would have for us to learn and be challenged with today.
All for Jesus,