THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle.
He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.
"Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?"
Five small voices answered in unison. "Okay, dad, you get the toy."
1 Peter 1:15-16
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
The word "conversation" above is translated from the Greek, anastrophe.
It means more than just your talk; it includes behavior.
And the word "holy" is derived from the Greek hagios.
It means to be morally pure, or blameless.
James said, "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." (James 3:13)
These admonitions put emphasis on behavior, conduct.
Peter's statement "gird up the loins of your mind" relates being prepared for battle.
The world's lusts, and the devil's temptations, will certainly try to distract the Christian from his/her purpose.
It is indeed a battle to live a morally pure life for Christ's glory!
However, If truly we are indwelled by God's Holy Spirit, through surrender to Christ as our Lord, then HIS character should show in OUR character.
Let's let our focus be on Jesus, as the center of our lives.
This will help us demonstrate through behavior our "citizenship" in heaven!