God calls us to be holy as he is holy. He calls us to “follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21) and to “be imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1). No one is able to do this perfectly on their own. Once we realize that we need the power and grace of Jesus to help us, only then can we begin to walk in the life of obedience to God. Although this is a daily struggle that may leave us discouraged, Peter provides us with information and tools to help us in our fight to be holy. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance” (1 Peter 1:13-14). In the text, Peter is describing to followers of Jesus that they must prepare themselves for Jesus to come again by putting aside their old ways, or their “former ignorance.” Peter’s words are true for us today. If we are to grow as followers of Jesus we have to put away immature actions for ones that glorify our God.
In Psalm 139, David writes, “Search me, O God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (v. 23-24)! David wanted to put away the character traits that caused God grief because of all that God had done for him (including the promise of everlasting life).
When you left elementary and went to junior high, then left junior high and went to high school, you had to make changes, right? People look different, talk different, and often act different; Peter is telling us that it’s time to leave “elementary things” and start looking, talking, and acting in a way that glorifies God even when it isn’t what the people around us are doing. Jesus lived not to please others, but to bring glory to God through his holiness. Likewise, we should seek to live in holiness, honoring God who rescued us. The love God shows is like no other, and his grace is so much more than we deserve. Jesus is coming again, and Peter says that we have to prepare for when he does by showing everyone the love that He has already shown us.
Pray today that God would reveal to you some areas of your life that don’t quite glorify him, and that you might show the world the love that God has already given you.