Focus Your Will

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Have you ever felt out of place? My husband and I have taken our children to visit close friends in the Dominican Republic three times. On our most recent trip, we visited the beach. I have a great photo of my blond-haired, blue-eyed son (he was 4 at the time) making a sand castle with a group of Dominican children. A few days before the beach trip, he had asked me if “everyone in this world spoke Spanish?” That was the first and last comment he made about the language barrier. I thought it was beautiful that being so obviously out of place did not affect him socially at all.

As Christ followers, fitting in may not come so naturally, and for good reason. Today, we will look at Dr. Calvin Sweeney’s third suggestion for living intentionally out of place: Focus Your Will.

1 Peter 1:15-17 (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.

Our will is the faculty by which we decide on and initiate a course of action. As Calvin pointed out, we should choose holy living based on Scripture (v. 16) and based on future judgment (v. 17).

At first glance, the call to “be holy” can seem intimidating, and so can final judgment. We know that God is holy and that he is set apart from the rest of creation. Peter wrote earlier in this chapter that the Spirit has made us holy (v. 2). In this verse, Peter is calling us to make choices that reflect who we already are. As Christ followers, we are called to change our conduct to reflect the identity that God has already given us (NOT to change our conduct to earn our salvation).


What would it look like for you to live a holy life?

Does knowing that God is judging your actions encourage you?

What can you do to set yourself apart?

Next Steps:
Think about your actions today and this week. Focus your will on living a holy (set apart) life.

As we continue through 1 Peter this week, we focus on 1 Peter 3 today.

Feel free to simply read through the chapter. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. Download the app or visit

God, thank you for your example of holiness. Please help me to make choices that reflect who I already am in your eyes. Please help me to set myself apart from this world. Amen.

This post was written by Meghan Yarnell. Meghan is an art teacher and artist. She is married and has a son and daughter.

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