Devotion – November 29, 2015 – A Holy People

2peter3_10-11The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.
—2 Peter 3:10-11

Holiness isn’t something we talk about much in our culture outside the church.  It can be easy to forget what it is and that we are called to be a holy people.  Holiness means to be set apart for God.  When items in the Old Testament were to be considered holy, they were set apart from the common, everyday items, they were kept clean and purified, and they were used only in the worship of God.

We are called to be a holy people who live holy lives.  When we examine our lives, we should not look like the world.  We should be different.  Our lives shouldn’t be marked by wanton sinfulness, but rather avoiding sin and living for Christ in all that we do.  This is our response for what Jesus has done for us.  Certainly, we do not make ourselves holy.  It is Christ who has made us holy despite our sin through His death and resurrection.  His Spirit lives in us and we have been made a new creation.  So, we ought to live as the people we are, a holy people, purified and set apart to serve God and share the love of Christ with others.

Holy Father,

I am a sinner, unclean by my own merits.  Please forgive me, purify me, and make me holy.  You have called me Your own.  You have made me a new creation and set Your Spirit to in me all because of Your grace, mercy, and love.  Help me to live as the holy one You have made me.

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