The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and
the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything
will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives.
-- 2 Peter 3:10-11
Holiness is that forgotten character virtue that is the
Christian's reflection of God, his or her holy and righteous
Father. In a day when grace is so easily cheapened, when anything
goes just as long as we want to be buddies with Jesus, Peter's
words should shock us into reverence - the holy commitment to set
our lives apart from the evil and satanic sludge that defiles our
world and to offer our bodies, hearts, and minds to do his will and
reflect his character.
Holy and Righteous Father, teach me to do your will and reflect
your character while offering your grace to others. May the
movements of my heart, the thoughts of my mind, and the actions of
my life be pleasing to you and reflect your holiness and grace. In
Jesus' holy name I pray. Amen.