Devotion: Day 3
1 Peter 2:9- (amplified) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Max Lucado once said, “The cross is where God forgave His children without lowering His standards. How could He do this? In a sentence: God put our sin on His Son and punished it there.”
God’s desire is for us to be holy. 1 Peter 1:15 says “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”
But what does it mean to be holy? The word itself translates to mean persons, places, or things set apart by God. It can also mean absolute moral perfection or moral wholeness.
Holiness in us will change the way we think and act, but also the way we worship the Father. Living holy and set apart for God will change the way we perceive (look at and think about) Him.
His worth will become greater to us when we allow Him to do a work and purge and cleanse us of that which divides us in our affection for Him. He wants to clean you out the moment you accept Him. The problem often comes in that we don’t want to change who we are to be more like Him.
But as we read in 1 Peter 2:9 we are God’s very own. The Blood of Christ was shed so that we could stand in the presence of God and be just like Him.
In its most complete sense, holiness means separation from evil. In Him there is no possibility of sin. None. We are to be the same way. Are we always? No, but we are still to strive to live our lives the same way He calls us to.
God’s standards are so high because He is perfect, but He understands that we are not. That is why we are able to go before the Throne of Grace every day, whenever we miss it, and be renewed.
It is important not to dwell on past mistakes, but be assured that God wants you to be holy, just like He is. How do you do that?
Make this your prayer today:
Father, I know that on my own I will never be able to accomplish what You desire for me. I realize that my own abilities cannot begin to compare to what You want to do in me through Your Spirit. Lord, I ask right now that you come in and completely change my heart. Tear down the walls I’ve built up. Open the secret doors I’ve locked to You. Make me holy, just like you are. Father, my desire, my hearts cry is to be like you. You said I have been set apart, that I am Your own. So help me to live out that calling that is on me. Help me to live like Your own and not like the worlds. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.