Jane Fowler serves as Group Life Program Director at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. In that capacity, she encourages our congregation to be a part of the Journey of Knowing, Loving and Serving God and others by being in authentic community and growing in your love and knowledge of Christ.
In the early years of my Christian journey, I strived to be perfect because I wanted to be holy. I used to think you had to be perfect to be holy. I’ve given up on trying to be perfect….it didn’t work out so well. But what I haven’t given up on is trying to be faithful and obedient, because I know these things will help me to become holy.
As a mother of two college age kids, I have had many conversations on the subject of choices and how the choices you make every single day affect who you are and who you are becoming. When I choose to accept the title of Christian (literally means one who is like Christ), I agree to be set apart, different from those who are not like Christ. When I really think about this, to be like Christ, it feels unattainable to me unless I break it down into smaller ways that I can put on the skin of Jesus.
One of my life verses is, “I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18) I make choices every day to participate in something or walk away, to say something to build someone up or tear them down, to choose to love someone or ignore them, to choose to be faithful to a life God has called me to or ignore Him.
I can be faithful in worshiping God and still not be perfect. I can be obedient to His Word and calling to be different and still not be perfect. While I consciously make decisions to be more like Christ, to become more holy, I know this side of Heaven’s gates I will never be perfect.
Our verse today, 1 Peter 1:13-16, says, “So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, ‘I am holy; you be holy.’” (The Message)
It’s a decision I have to make every day, every hour. Not to be perfect, but to be faithful, to be obedient, to be holy.
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