Tuesday, November 27, 2007

1 Peter 1:13-25

My father was a very good basketball player. I remember reading through his high school and college yearbooks and seeing box scores from some of his games. I found that the most points he scored in a game was 33. I made it a goal of mine to beat his high point game. I spent hours practicing and working on my skills. I was motivated to be a good basketball player because my dad was a good basketball player.

This attitude and motivation is one of the points that I saw in today’s reading:

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 1:15-16)

I can hear Christ saying in the last part of this passage, “I am holy; you be holy”. This touches the part of me that helped me be a better basketball player as I tried to imitate my dad. I can relate to this message and understand the part that I play in imitating Christ.

While it is true that we have a responsibility in “being holy”, this is only part of the picture and in reality it is the smallest part. Far more important is the holiness of Christ. This is the second point that I saw in today’s reading. Only because of the holiness of Christ, through Christ residing in our hearts and us allowing Christ to live in our actions is there any way for us to be holy. I can hear Christ saying, "Because I am holy, you can be holy."

Alan Davenport

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