Okay to Be Different—Day 5

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Okay to Be Different—Day 5 1 Peter 1: 13-16 “You Shall Be Holy, For I Am Holy.”  As we conclude this week’s devotional series, we focus our meditation on the words of Christ, “You Shall Be Holy, For I Am Holy.” Wow! We are called to be holy just like our Father is holy. The initial thought of that could cause anyone with an ounce of self-awareness to run with the thought of impossibilities. We are called to be holy. The word holy here means literally, “set apart or dedicated to God.” However, remember that the word holy comes from the root word that means different. Anything that God sets apart is bound to be different from everything else. Think about how much time and energy we spend attempting to assimilate ourselves with others when the truth of the matter is, many are looking for something authentic and different than what they have. We...

Okay to Be Different—Day 4

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Okay to Be Different—Day 4 1 Peter 1: 13-16 “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.” Today, we are reminded once again that children inherit the nature of their parents. God is holy so we as His children should live holy lives. “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.” The word for called means to urgently invite someone to accept responsibility for a particular task, implying a new relationship to the one who does the calling. Think about that for a moment. God has called us, and He called us to a particular task. How could we possibly stay the same? There ought to be something different about us because of Who called us. “Calling does not merely mean “invite” but conveys the idea of God’s power in bringing people from darkness to light.”[1] There is nothing...

Okay to Be Different—Day 3

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Okay to Be Different—Day 3 1 Peter 1: 13-16 “Do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance.” We begin today’s devotional concentrating on this thought: When we came to Christ, most were convinced our ways needed to change. Or, did we assume that coming to Christ meant He did not expect us to live in holiness? Our devotional passage says, “Do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance.” The Greek word for conformed is, suschēmatizō, soos-khay-mat-id´-zo; which means to be or become behaviorally or socially similar to. When we responded to Christ’s call to salvation, we were required to break from the patterns of our former life that contradicted our witness as obedient children of God. Our behavior is set according to our way of thinking. It is virtually impossible to walk in the newness of life in...

Okay to Be Different—Day 2

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Okay to Be Different—Day 2 1Peter 1: 13-16 “As obedient children.” Not too long ago, I had a conversation with my three oldest children about life and how they were adjusting to life in general. The conversation soon turned toward questions their peers had asked them. The central question that all three had been asked was, “Do you do what your parents say?” Many parents have taught their children that it is—often good, usually right, largely acceptable, mostly desirable—okay to be different from their worldly peers.  When our children decide to ignore our teachings and succumb to peer pressure, at a minimum, it is disappointing. It is disappointing because our children benefit greatly when our words have more value than the words of their peers, and to reject our instruction is detrimental to their future success and personal joy. Often because children struggle with being...

Okay to Be Different

By on Feb 12, 2018 in Ok to Be Different | 0 comments

Okay to Be Different 1 Peter 1: 13-16 We begin our devotional this week focusing on the second section of Peter’s message in chapter 1. In the first section, Peter emphasized walking in hope. Now, Peter shifts the focus of his attention to walking in holiness. Hope and holiness are two attributes that fit together perfectly. 1 John 3: 3 says, “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” If we as believers have placed our hope in Christ, then that hope is manifested in our willingness to mimic our Saviour’s purity. Question: Where is your hope? The Greek word for hope is, ĕlpizō, el-pid´-zo; the overall thought behind the word is, to look forward to something with the implication of confidence about something coming to pass. Again, if we hope in Christ, then we walk after Him. If He is holy then we should also be holy. The root...