1 Peter 1:15
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
Christians, as children of God, ought to imitate their Father in heaven. If we are God’s children, then we ought to be like our Father. Peter’s exhortation here is: “as he… is, so be ye…” We, being His children, must exhibit His virtues. How wonderful it would be if the familiar saying, “Like father, like son” be true of every Christian!
We are to look to God as our Pattern, because we are told that “he… hath called you”. God calls His people to be holy because He is holy. The Scriptures emphatically speak about God’s holiness more than any other attribute of God. God is sinless and He cannot be influenced by sin. Being perfectly holy, He hates sin. So, we who are called must strive to be holy as He is. God calls us out of a world of sin to a life of holiness. He expects all that we do and say and think to be holy.
Peter knew the greatness of God’s call. Decades before he wrote this epistle, Peter and his brother Andrew had heard Christ’s call – “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). When he responded to that call, his life was completely changed! He left his boat and net, and followed Christ. This marvellous epistle is one of countless evidence of the wonderful things God will do through those who faithfully follow His call.
The blessing that comes through God’s call can be ours only if we follow Him like Peter. That is why we are here challenged to be “holy in all manner of conversation”. In every aspect of our lives, we must follow the holiness of our God who called us. Our every behaviour (“conversation”) must reflect God’s holiness. In other words, holiness must characterise our daily conduct. All those who responded in faith to God’s call must strive to be holy like Him. Let us make holiness our trademark.
Since the word “holiness” suggests “being set apart”, we must keep ourselves from all that are inconsistent with God’s holy character so that we may become more and more like Him. There should not be anything that is ‘secular’ in our lifestyle; everything we do must be sacred. We should not participate in anything our Lord would not have participated. As a matter of spiritual guideline, it is good for us to always ask: “Is this thing agreeable to God’s holy will?” If the answer is not a clear “yes”, then do not commit yourself to it.