‘Be holy for I am holy’

God calls us to be holy as he is holy. This calling is a high bar, it is more than just being moral it is living a whole life set apart out of devotion to God. We are called not just to obey God but to do so out of love, awe and reverence. How is this even possible? We need to look up before we look in. We look to Jesus, the holy one, who became sin for us. The one who shed his precious blood more costly than silver or gold. Once we see what He has done it gives us power to go and live holy lives. Utterly devoted. Set apart for Him!


1 Peter 1:13–21 (Listen)

Called to Be Holy

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,1 and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


[1] 1:13 Greek girding up the loins of your mind


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