Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 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 (NIV)
How will I be able to prepare my mind? What will make my mind ready for action? What will help me to be self-controlled? How can I set my mind on all that I have in you? How can I be obedient? How can I make sure that I am not conforming to evil that is in the world? How can I become like you? These sound like impossible tasks. Let’s start at the beginning. How did you begin to follow and serve me? How did you turn away from your old life? What made you tell me that you wanted me to be your Savior and Lord? You showed me your love. You called me to come to you. You drew me near to you. You turned my life around. You turned my life upside down. I would have said that my beginning to love, follow and serve you was most unlikely. Would you say that I began a good work in you? Would you agree that I have been changing your heart and mind and life? Do you closely resemble the person you once were? You definitely began a good work in me. You certainly have been changing my heart and mind and life. I am unrecognizable from the person I was before I started loving, following and serving you. So yes, you have been and are doing a good work in me. That’s right.
Who will you look like as you love, follow and serve me? I will look like you. How so? As I draw near to you, I will begin to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. As I live in your presence, I begin to be holy in all that I think and say and do. Will this take a gigantic and herculean effort on your part? Have I set you up with an impossible task? No, this will not take a gigantic and herculean effort on my part. Why is that? I want to become like you. I want to live as you lived. I want to do what you did. I want to think, and speak, and act in ways that are pleasing to you. It is the desire of my heart to become like you. I want to be holy in all that I think and say and do. That is very good. This is the work that I am doing in you. I will make you able to do all that I ask of you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will prepare my mind for action. I will be self-controlled. I will set my hope on all I have in you. I will not allow my heart and mind and life to conform to evil in the world. Instead, it will be my utmost desire to be holy, like you, in all I think, say and do. Amen
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