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.