1 Peter 1:14-15
14 “…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…”
Today’s Inspiration: Holiness had never been the driving force of the majority, yet it is mandatory to enter the Kingdom. As His kingdom people we need to be set apart to be holy. As Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:14-15 we are set apart to be holy for God who had called us to be holy is holy. To be holy, as God’s obedient children, we should not conform to evil desire we used to have when we lived in ignorance. Apostle Paul also told us not to conform to the pattern of this world in Romans 12:2. This also includes the manner of our conversation.
To be holy means to prepare your mind for action according to the ways of the Lord and have self-control. Revival will only come to us when we are deeply convicted of our need of Holiness. Apostle Peter also mentioned in 2 Peter 3:11 that seeing that everything will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Apostle Paul taught us that to perfect in Holiness in the fear of God, we need to be cleaned from all filthiness of the flesh. After all we are no more debtors to the flesh as all the sins of our flesh have been paid by Jesus at Cavalry on the day of our conversation of sins, and we are now redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb. 2 Corinthians 7:1.
Flesh is enmity against the spirit and it takes self control to resist every lust of the flesh because it lives in us and tends to control and deceive us, intimidated by the lust of pride. Therefore to be self-conscious is ungodly because it is fleshy and hinders our advancement in our vocation and ministry. Leviticus 19:2 ‘You shall be holy for I the Lord am holy.’ Unclean cannot enter when Holiness is present. If your body of the temple is the Holy Spirit, ought you not to be sanctified to be holy Spirit, soul and body and be blameless in preparation of the second coming of the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
God did not call you to be impure but to love a holy life. Therefore whoever rejects the instructions of scriptures does not reject man but reject God, who gives you the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4:8. We need to live a life pleasing to God.
Moses desires this life so much and wonder what it is to please God. All of us also have the same passion. But how do we live a life pleasing to God? I believe the answer lies in the conversation between the Lord and Moses in Exodus 33:16-17. The Lord will do everything that you ask for because He is pleased with you and know you by name. The other thing to show He is pleased with you is that He will teach you His ways so you may know Him intimately and not be easily intimidated. V13. We must always also remember that we belong to the Kingdom not to the world now that we are in Christ. The kingdom is a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Obedience fully of His instructions as to how to live and the duties to perform are all pre-requisites.
We must make a difference to the world not the other way round. We do not react to people’s false accusations or evil deeds but instead pray for them and bless them for we are called to be a blessing and to praise God and living in harmony with all men including those who opposed or neglected us. Be sympathetic and humble at all times and be compassionate. Love one another. These are some of the principles we are to live from day to day so that those who oppose us see a difference in us and would one day want to know more about the Lord. We are set apart to be holy and to be godly this is the primary mission of man. Constant Communion with Him and coming to Him in childlike faith will be most pleasing to Him. God be praised.