Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued our 1 Peter series talking about “Hope in Hard Times.”
In 1 Peter 1:13-21, Peter talks about the hope we have because of Jesus and then talks about holiness. In v.15, Peter tells us that as followers of Jesus, we should be holy like Jesus! This statement can tend to cause some distress – how are we supposed to be holy like Jesus when he is perfect? Doesn’t that create a lot of pressure for us?
The traditional definition of holiness is “set apart.” But normally that phrase conjures up images of people separated from the world or those who don’t associate with others. I’m not sure that’s what Jesus is looking for when he calls us to be holy. Instead, by following Jesus and his will for us, everything else will fall into place. Holiness is about being close to Jesus, not far from others. And although we’re oftentimes going to feel like foreigners because of our identity in Jesus, that doesn’t mean that we should separate ourselves from people who don’t follow him. It just means that the more our thoughts and behaviors are like Jesus, the more we’ll likely seem unusual to the world.
A really good question we can be asking ourselves daily is, “What is required of me in this moment to live out the gospel?” Notice the question is in reference to the present moment, not some daunting, big-picture question. This is a really good question to put on a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or notecard on your desk, because following Jesus is not a “set it and forget it” journey; we should be checking ourselves daily to align with his will and desire for our lives.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
1 Peter 1:13-21; 1 Peter 1:1; Romans 12:2a; Hebrews 10:14
“Holiness is not perfection; it is living out the gospel.” Dr. John Walker
Glory – Phil Wickham
Wide as the Sky – Matt Redman
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong Music
Hope in Front of Me – Danny Gokey