Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; Isaiah 26:1-4; I Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)

If we want a better world then we need  better people in this world.  We cannot have the good world we want unless we are the good and faithful people God wants in the world.  Better people make a better world. And God is looking for us to be his better people; that is Christ-Followers in the every day world in which we live.  Peter, in I Peter 1, uses the biblical word “holy,” to describe what it means to be better people.  Just as God is holy, so we are called to be holy.

We may think that means to be perfect and then think about how imperfect we really are in our life of faith.  However, when we study the word “holy” in both the Old Testament and New Testament we find that it means to be set apart for God; to be distinctively different because we belong to God in Jesus.

As followers of Jesus we “do not conform to the evil desires” we had when we were not disciples.  We are not to “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind.” (Romans 12:2).  Through the Holy Spirit at work in us we can be the better people, the transformed people, Jesus had in mind when he called us to be his followers.

Today, let us allow Jesus to work his will and way in us through our thoughts, words, and actions.  Then we will be God’s holy, distinctively different, and better people in our world.  Then world needs better people.  Let’s be those better people for Christ and his Kingdom.

Prayer- Gracious Lord, open us up to your saving and transforming love and Holy Spirit so others will see Christ Jesus at work in and through who we are and what we say and do.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.