In the world but not of it

April 6, 2010

Holy living…

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So think clearly and exercise self-control. 1 Peter 1:13a…Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 1 Peter 1:14b…

There is a crude saying in the world that, despite its blunt harshness, is a profound truth. The saying is “you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig”. This statement is meant to say that no matter how a person may clean up on the outside, the inside remains the same.

This is why receiving, knowing and living for Christ is so important. Only God can cleanse a person from the inside out. But what is so evident is that so many who receive Him still have traces of their old life and habits looming about. Oh yes, this topic about a call to holy living is a tedious one. We get tired of hearing it and really don’t take it very seriously.

It is, however, a dangerous place to live in, this place of compromise and mediocrity. It was Jesus who said “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16).

Read these passages again. I really like the way the New Living Translation states them because they are straightforward and easy to understand. This entire section in 1 Peter is a call to holy living.

God calls us to a higher standard and because He knows our nature all too well, He put this passage in the Bible as a consistent reminder of what He expects from us.

The problem is that we view these expectations from the Lord as restrictive or even legalistic. We choose to categorize what really qualifies as our “old ways”, but let’s be honest, we know exactly whether what we are doing is right or not.

The difference is that the Lord meant this passage for our protection and our provision. He knows that to live by His standards is to experience a level of peace and joy that we simply cannot know when our lives are stained with even the smallest or seemingly insignificant habit, ideal, attitude or practice.

Living holy is not meant to be a living hell. It is time for us to take a hard, cold assessment of where we are and be willing to give it up for His sake. This passage in 1 Peter is not a suggested way of living; it is God’s command to His children.

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