DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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Because holiness is the essence of God’s character, it becomes our calling as His children by inheritance. Peter says:
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'”
1 Peter 1:14-16, ESV
Here’s the best way to understand it: you are holy, and you have been called to be holy. If you are God’s child, you stand before Him as righteous because the perfect righteousness of Jesus has been given over to your personal account. But there’s a second aspect of this – you are holy because you have been bought with the blood of Jesus, and you are not your own (see 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
To say you are holy means that you have been set apart by God’s grace for God’s purpose. Your allegiance is no longer to the kingdom of your success and happiness, but to the progress of His kingdom of glory and grace. And where do you do this? You do this wherever you are, whomever you’re with and in whatever you’re doing.
There’s a third and final aspect: you have been called to holy living. This means that between the “already” of your conversion and the “not yet” of your home-going, obedience matters. Every thought, every desire, every word, every choice and every action must be done in a spirit of humble surrender to the commands of God.
As you consider the impossibility of this call, take time to remember that God never calls you to a task without enabling you to do it. God calls us to be holy, then sends His Holy Spirit to live inside of us, so that we will have the wisdom and strength that we need to surrender to His holy call in all that we do.
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