This morning I attended a breakfast and the speaker read this verse,
but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, (1 Peter 1:15 ESV)I've been thinking about this statement since the meeting ended. It seems like such a tough calling. Temptations to unholiness are all around. Media, print, television, online. How do you keep yourself from unholiness or from the influence of unholy things? How can I make sure all my conduct is holy?
Regarding this avoidance of the unholy, Romans 13:14 warns,
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:14 ESV)To live a life of holiness, to be holy as Christ is holy, we need to make no provision for the flesh in our lives. Our flesh is that part of us that is not conformed to the will of God. It encompasses the drive inside us that we have for independent living apart from God's design and desires. Our flesh says, "I will decide what is ok, what is right, what is good for me."
To be holy as God is holy we have to eliminate all provisions in our life for the flesh. This means avoiding things that are not of God, but it also means filling our days with the things that stir our affections for Him. To be on the offensive against the flesh is to continually draw nearer to God. The more JESUS you have the less YOU you'll have room for, and the better off you will be.