Holiness

Jon Brown

READ : Hosea 2:1-2
1 Peter 2:1-10

Plead with your mother, plead . . . (v. 2)

The Assyrians were a brutal people and by Israelite standards immoral. However, as the Israelites embraced Assyrian customs immorality was only part of the problem. The primary problem was that the Israelites had given up their unique identity as the people of God. They had turned from the purposes for which they had been chosen and called by God and were conforming to a culture that pretended to offer self-preservation. God does not want his people to be just like all the surrounding citizens. God intends for his people to be holy, set apart.

“Plead with your mother, plead. . . .” God tells Hosea to plead with his people to stop being unfaithful. His chosen identity for them is to be a unique people set apart for God’s purposes.

For us the challenge becomes our willingness to put away anything that distracts us from the holy intentions God has in mind for us. Does your work schedule keep you from time to pray? Or perhaps your social circle is not particularly interested in things of the faith and so you begin to ignore these things yourself. Maybe an addiction has a stranglehold on your life. By the Spirit of God, set sinful conformity aside and respond to God’s pleading with the pursuit of holiness.

PRAYER

Holy God, help me to pursue holiness. Amen.