The Lord didn't say in the text that we could be holy if we felt like doing it, rather He said be holy because He is holy. That is one reason why we see so much in the Old Testament about holiness. God was raising up a people for Himself, and sense He is holy, they must be Holy. If they were going to be His people, they must be Holy, they must be different, they must be set apart. They must be who God wants them to be.
But, that is the Old Testament and the Law. We as Christians don't have to worry about all that, do we? We live under grace, not the law. Well, that's not really what Jesus said. Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.In the Methodist tradition Holiness and perfection are seen as the same thing; both are seen as being totally devoted to God and living for Him. Today, this is not something that we can ignore, but one that is commanded for all of us.
New Testament Lesson
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
We see in this passage what that holy life looks like. Doing good to others. Helping those that are in need. Helping the weak. Listening to God's spirit. Doing right. Today, you are called to something great, but great things start with simple acts of obedience to God. Today, be obedient to God, and that greatness hat He has for you will come.
Today, you cannot serve two masters. You will serve God or the world. You will serve God or money. You will serve God or the devil. There are not two choices about it. We all have a master, we all serve someone. If you are not serving God will all that you have, you are serving to the devil and the evil today. Ttoday, who are you serving?