One last phrase from the first chapter of 1 Peter:
“…let yourself be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, ‘I am holy; you be holy.”
Because God is holy and it is this Holy God that has called us into relationship with Himself, we should be holy. That’s not some ritual cleaning type of holiness, but a real and practical way of living life.
We are not shown to be holy by our collection of perfect attendance pins. We are not proved holy by the stillness of our prayer or the size of our offering check or the volume of our singing. Holiness is evidenced in the way we live our lives. It is seen in our treatment of the idiot drivers around us and the teachers that give us too much homework and the bosses that overlook our hard work and our parents and coaches and that kid that’s always in the background and the one who’s obnoxiously calling attention to himself…
Is your way of life shaped by God’s life?