I Peter 1:8-9,13-16
“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” NRSV
I grew up with the understanding that what you put into something is what you can expect to get it out of it. Doing something half-heartedly (my father used a little more colorful language when conveying this message) is not worth doing. Jesus said it this way, “The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Peter gives us yet another way of looking at it, “you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” Not bad a return on one’s investment.
Peter goes on to remind us that the temptation to give less than our all to God resides in a familiar place, “the desires that you formerly had in ignorance.” That is our it’s-all-about-me-and-my-wants-and-desires before we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and dedicated our lives to following his pathway of faithful living. The traps of the old life of ignorance lurk everywhere. Those behaviors are the default mode of life. Following Jesus is the conscious choice we made and it requires our all to stay true his way and overcome the temptations of the old life of ignorance.
So, Peter gives us this much-needed encouragement for the challenges we are facing, “Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Holiness is a life choice we must make. Ignorance requires no choice at all. It does the choosing for you.
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