“…brace up your minds, and, as men who know what they are doing, rest the full weight of your hopes on the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ reveals himself. Live as obedient children before God. Don’t let your character be moulded by the desires of your ignorant days, but be holy in every department of your lives, for the one who has called you is himself holy.” (I Peter 1: 13-16, JB Phillips New Testament)
There is a readiness being urged here. We are being called to truly wake up and take decisive action on our own behalf and for our greater mission in the world. The Christ has revealed the very Truth of our own oneness with God, as His likeness and His beloved. It is high time to act like we know this!
We can lean confidently on what Jesus showed us. We have witnessed through our own deepening understanding and God’s grace towards us, the Truth that sets free. Having this gift, we must utilize it, honor it, and this may require something of us. We can’t love the Christ, the perfect ideal of God’s man, and behave like we never heard of such a thing!
Take a keen look at your thoughts. Do they honor God? Do they honor your own innate goodness and innocence? Are you behaving as one who is holy—moved by Love and goodness, humble and receptive to God in your walk of life?
Being obedient to God is not only being our best selves. It is being our true selves. It is listening to Love’s description of you and believing it. Consciously. Conscientiously. Daily. This isn’t hardship. This is joy, freedom, and healing power!
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