Scripture: Isaiah 36-37, Psalm 76, 1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1:14-16 Be obedient to God, and do not allow your lives to be shaped by those desires you had when you sere still ignorant.  15 Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy.  16 The scripture says, “Be holy because I am holy.”


Be holy in all that you do.

What a challenge!  The word “holy” means “set apart for special purposes, unique, different.”  It is the opposite of common.  God alone is truly holy.  He is utterly unique, one of a kind, uncommon, different from everyone and everything else.  We are to be like the God who called us.

Don’t be shaped by your old desires.  This is another way of saying, “be different, be holy.”  Don’t be common—don’t be like everyone else.  “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold.”  (Romans 12:1)  I wonder how much of my thinking and behavior is shaped more by the world I live in and my own sinful nature than it is by the Holy Spirit?  If I let a holy God shape my thinking and behavior, I’ll be different; I won’t be common; I’ll be holy in all that I do.

What would it look like for me to be holy in all that I do?  That’s my challenge today—to approach each person and activity with this question in mind.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be holy in all I do today.  Help me to pause, ask the question, get my bearings from You and then be more like You in all I do.