Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
—1 Peter 1:13-21
by: Sheri Rood.
Much of this life seems to be an exercise in futility—repetitive actions that happen on a daily basis just to keep our lives in order. Clean things get dirty, activity produces chaos, plants grow and have to be trimmed back, etc. It takes effort to keep our lives in order. These verses remind me that “being holy” requires action—not in the sense of making ourselves righteous (that would be impossible) but in the sense of continuously separating ourselves unto God and fixing our hope completely on His grace.