Thursday, April 14, 2016
Those who follow Jesus Christ are a special people, holy men and women who are different from the world. they are separate.
We read the words of Peter in 1 Peter 2:9 "But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation."
We are to be different. we are the people of God. If we are not like Jesus Christ, we are certainly not His followers.
The apostle Peter also wrote in 1 Peter 1:13
"Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
If we follow Jesus Christ we must be HOLY, we must be different, we must be separated unto Him. we must not defile ourselves with the things of the world. We cannot go to the same places and do the same things. We cannot watch the TV and participate in the same filth that this world delights in. If we follow Jesus Christ our delight is in being holy and pure and in being vessels of honor for His kingdom.
We are a royal priesthood, a special people, a HOLY NATION. Are we indeed holy men and women? Are we separated for the kingdom of God?
May Jesus bless you.