So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NLT)
Become Like Me
I want that for you. What do you want for me? I want you to become like me. I want you to think and speak and act like me. I chose you. You are my child. I am your Heavenly Father. What father does not want his child to become like him? I am Holy. I chose you to become holy like me. That is a high calling. That seems like an impossible task. I am thankful and grateful that you chose me. I want nothing more than to be like you in all I think and say and do. But with my own strength, under my own power, I don’t know how I could possibly live such a life. Who said you could think and speak and act like me with your own efforts, under your own power and by your own strength? Certainly not me. No doubt, living your life with and for me with require your full attention and all-out effort. But your full attention and all-out efforts will never enable you to live a life of thinking and speaking and acting like me. You will never be able to make yourself holy. To think otherwise would be foolish. I’m confused. How then will I ever be able to live the life you have called me to live? First, you must know and believe and accept that you have been made holy in my sight by my Son’s payment of your sins. His sacrifice made it so you could be forgiven of your sins and cleansed of your unrighteousness. When He became your Savior and Lord you left your old sinful life behind you. You are now dead to sin and alive to me and the holy life I have called you to live. Second, you must keep your heart and mind and life focused on me. I will mold and shape you. I will change your heart and transform your mind. I will guard and guide you. I will protect and strengthen you. I will make you able to live the life I have called you to live. I will give you my thoughts to think. I will give you my words to speak. I will give you my deeds to do. Will you keep your heart and mind and life focused on me? Will you live the life of salvation you have been given to live? Will you rely on me? Yes, I will rely on you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That will be very good. Then you will be able to live the life I have called you to live.
Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me. It is my desire to become like you in all I think, say and do. Mold and shape me so I can become like you. I will not slip back into living my old sinful life. Instead, I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Amen
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