The Good Scissors (Nov 23)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

November 23

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.

Heavenly Father, I give myself to you as a living sacrifice. Fill me with your Spirit, and help me to walk in a way that pleases you. By your grace, teach me to grow in obedience—becoming more and more like Jesus. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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