The Good Scissors
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 128:1-6 | Ezekiel 45:13-46:24 | 1 Pet 1:13-2:10 | Proverbs 28:11
Today’s Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 1:13-2:10
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written; “Be holy, because I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:15 NIV)
I’m sure every mom has them. My mom did: the good scissors.
One life’s most important early lessons was, “don’t use the good scissors.” One of the most awkward moments came when you were asked the question, “Did you just use my good scissors?”
The good scissors were not for common use–they were set apart for a special use. As important as craft projects were to us as children, they did not rank at the level of “good scissor use.” The good scissors were for cutting cloth and sewing projects only.
In a similar way, God has called us from common use–the life of sin–and set us apart for his special purposes–a life of holiness.
Sin dulls our edges spiritually and keeps us from effective service for God.
Holiness is “being set apart.” We have been called “out of darkness into his wonderful light” (2:9). As such we are God’s chosen people, his royal priesthood, a holy nation belonging to God so that we may declare His praises (2:9). We certainly can dull our edges by going back to darkness–but we are created for something greater.
You are his good scissors. You are set apart to declare his praises and serve him. Holy living keeps your edge sharp and effective for His service and praise.