Just had to share the text and devotion in total from http://shereadstruth.com/ written by Sarah Matheny.
Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 12:1-3
“Peter is one of those Biblical figures that I just get. He’s just living his life, doing his thing, working hard at what he does, when he encounters Christ. And then everything changes. Because Jesus doesn’t just see Simon Peter as a hard-working fisherman, crusty, focused on the tasks he’s got on his own horizon and, more than likely, a little smelly. Jesus sees him as a rock. A fisher of men. Jesus sees Peter as holy.
When Peter writes in 1 Peter, we get the advantage of knowing his story. We know he himself wasn’t always prepared for action (1 Peter 1:13a, NIV). We know he himself has lived in ignorance (1 Peter 1:14, NIV). And we can believe him when he says we too can receive grace and be holy in all that we do (1 Peter 1:16, NIV), even when we fall short, as we know Peter himself did.
The Lord doesn’t call us to be something we cannot be. We cannot be perfect. But we can be set apart, just as Peter was, despite his crusty, smelly, self-interested ways. Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ. We can intentionally cast our nets, steer our boat and ask Him to wash off as much of our stink as we possibly can with the resolve to invest our lives in the work of His kingdom.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2, NIV)
Jesus raised the bar for Peter, and He raises the bar for us. He wants to be your all in all, in every part of your life.
All you have to do is let Him help you out of your stinky boat.”
From The Message in the Romans 12:1-2 passage: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” Well that one hit me right between the eyes. How often do I just go along to get along?
Then I read Sarah’s devotional and pow again, right off, something I don’t often consider. Jesus saw Peter as not perfect or ever likely to be perfect, that is before Heaven. He saw him as HOLY, set apart to represent God in his world and his culture. Today, He sees you and me that way. Not perfect, but perfectly HIS! Called to make a difference, not just slide along with the whims of societal changes.
How easy it is to cocoon ourselves and simply wile away our time in safe places, church, SRT, our homes as long as the TV is off!
Or to enter the world to creep along the fringes of cultural needs and even atrocities, like the wallflower I was in High School. Silent, hoping not to be noticed.
Or simply to keep our faith as something “personal” and maybe not dive right in to the crowd, but certainly to drift along in that direction.
In the Old Testament God called a people the Hebrews and set them apart to be Holy unto God…not so they would become a clique but so they would be Light to the World. They didn’t get it, or at least most of them didn’t. They were supposed to make a difference in the world.
In the New Testament God gave His only son to die and then to rise so that WE could be Holy unto God…not a clique, a beacon, not bland, but salty, seasoned with his grace and love.
We are called to SHAPE THE WORLD not BE SHAPED BY THE WORLD!
I cannot do that hiding in the walled city, or skirting the walls at the dance of life.
If God sees me as Holy, set apart, then I need to see myself that way and look to where He is working in the world, take His Hand and join the DANCE even if it uses new steps no one else is using.
I am leaving you with the verse that really hit me from three different versions.
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. (1 Peter 1:14 NLT) As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. (1 Peter 1:14 MSG) Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, (1 Peter 1:14 NET)