“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”
– 1 Peter 1:15
Do you remember when you were little, how you’d be getting ready to go somewhere and your parents would give you reminders to behave yourself? Maybe they told you not to touch anything or not to run around. Maybe they’d remind you to say, “please” and “thank you.” Your parents did that because they knew that’s the right way to behave. Your parents love you and they wanted to be sure that you were doing what was right. It’s also because they knew that if you didn’t behave, people would think that your parents didn’t know how to teach you what’s right. Your behavior is not just a reflection of you. It can also be a reflection of your parents.
In this verse, Peter was telling those who follow Jesus, “Behave yourselves! God has called you to be His children. As God’s child, you should act like your Father and He is holy.” Holy means to be pure and right. If we are God’s children, the things we do and say should be a reflection of God our Father. How do we make sure that our behavior is pure and right? By spending time in God’s Word. God’s Word will teach us how we should live, and it will strengthen us so that we will want to choose to live in a way that is pure and right.
If there is an area of your life where you know you are not doing what’s right, and you want to change, be sure you are spending time in God’s Word every day. Seek out someone who will pray with you and encourage you to do what’s right.
As Pastor Paul has said, “it’s easier to uproot an acorn than an oak tree.” Don’t give sin a chance to grow. Instead, spend time in God’s Word daily and you will grow in the things that reflect the nature and character of your Heavenly Father. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” We have a wonderful Father in Heaven! When we live our lives in a way that is pure and right, we give Him the glory He deserves.
Confession for today: “Father God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for accepting me as Your child. I want to do what is pure and right. Show me the areas in my life that are not pleasing to You. Help me to grow and change so that I live in a way that reflects who You are and gives You the glory You deserve.”
Be salt and light,