...what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along.
There is an old saying that "We are the sinners' Bible; we are the scoffers' creed". In our day, when so many people do not go to church, that saying is really very important. The only contact many people may have with Christianity is you! Someone has said that a 'saint' is someone who makes it easy to believe in God. A life that has certain 'marks' — a certain character and personality that mark him or her out as special — is the kind of person God wants us to be. Peter mentions two special words in writing about the Christians he had in mind. They should be holy and godly. The word 'holy' sums up the kind of life we should be living — clean and pure in mind, thoughts and words. The word 'godly' refers to the attitude we have to God — an attitude of humility and reverence that shows just how great and how good God is.
In one of his poems, Robert Burns wrote: "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, to see oursels as others see us!" So, if you are a Christian, how do you think others see you? Can others see Christ in you? Can they see holiness and godliness in you? These are very challenging and personal words. I speak to myself as well. We must be signposts pointing people to Jesus. God bless you as you do that!
Lord, I know I can't be a good and true Christian without your help. Please live in me so that your life will shine through me. Amen.