Peter puts a spotlight on those who follow Jesus, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1Peter 1:14-16). Holy means to be set apart, to be something other, for all to see, to live on earth and display heaven.
“Dad, I’m getting a tattoo.” Adam is a college sophomore; ‘No you are not,’ is no longer an option. “A cross with Romans 8:31 under it,” Adam described the design, “If God is for us, who can be against us.”
“How big?” asked Dad. Adam stretched his fingers out. “Big. Right here on my arm.”
“Okay, Adam, but you are in college with a lot of people who don’t know Jesus. That tattoo will let everyone know what you believe.”
“Dad, I’m getting the tattoo.”
“That’s great, Son. Just remember, everyone who sees it on your arm will be watching your life to see what it means.”
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” ~1Peter 2:9
Father God, You Son came into this world to be a light in a dark place. Thank You for shining that light on me because I was a dark place! I love Your Son.
Now I am a light shining in a dark place. I will not hide the light, but I will hold it up so that people can see. So that they can see Your Son. So that they can receive Your Son and be light, too. So that the world may know that You are God. My God. The only God.