Who do we Reach Out to?

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:13-16

In this passage, we begin with “therefore” and whenever you begin with “therefore,” you need to think back to what came before.  Last time, we saw Peter make reference to our great salvation and with our inheritance that is still to come, and that is what he is referring to here. So, with that in mind, we set our alert and sober minds on that inheritance that we will receive when Jesus comes.  Remember, our salvation is already here; our inheritance is more than we can even comprehend.

Peter then tells us that we, as “obedient children” shouldn’t concern ourselves with the evil nonsense of the past, reminding us that next to what is coming, such things appear to be foolish indeed.

Then the “be holy” part…

It seems that many of us think that we are being “holy” when we are busy disapproving of other people, but that is far from being holy.  “Holy” means “set apart,” and we are not to be set apart from other people−  far from it, in fact.  We are to be set apart from the evil of this world, not from the inhabitants of this world.  In truth, these are the very people we are supposed to be reaching out to in love.  Think about it this way, when a person is “set apart” and they reach out in love, and then the person who needs Jesus Christ sees Him in the faces of those who are reaching out, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force on the planet, and it can bring about nothing less than a movement, sometimes called a “revival.”

Now, I ask you: Is any part of this complicated? No, it is simply… simple!

I wonder why this sort of thing is so rare. Surely not because it is complicated.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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3 Responses to Who do we Reach Out to?

  1. Pete says:

    I think it’s rare because we make it complicated. We think we should love because He loved us, or because it is demanded of us, or because it is required. We put all kinds of rules on love, and look for ways we can love like Jesus loved. We want results from our love. But we should love because it is the right thing to do. For no other reason. Simple as you say!

    Paul had a similar thought this morning on Me just being Curious, His usual interesting slant, but same basic thought.

    I was also wondering why you are no longer contributing to Church Set Free I just relooked at this sight and plan on being a blogger there. There were always interesting posts there, and now Paul is the only one.

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