Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Rev. Ron Ray:

1 Peter 1:13-21 (NIV) 13

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

On July 19, 1970, I knelt by the living room chair and sincerely asked God to forgive me of my sins. I asked Him to change my desires (my heart) so that it would be more than a meaningless prayer. He did. That became evident in the coming days. I became a new creation in Christ.

Our scripture passage for today talks about being holy. That was my sincere desire 49 years ago, and it is still being worked out in me today. God is still teaching me more and more about what it means to be holy. I hope that you might have a deep desire to be holy, and that you are being made holy, each day, drawing closer to your Savior.

Point to ponder: Is the holiness talked about in this passages necessary? Is it possible?

Prayer: Lord, let me become more like you today and every day.