Summary: A sermon addressing the steps towards holiness.
Be All That You Should Be
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From 1980 until 2001 "Be All That You Can Be" was the slogan used by the army in its recruiting. Once an individual enlists in the Army they are sent to "Basic Training" aka "Boot Camp" in order to be prepared to "Be All That They Can Be". Basic training is designed to prepare recruits physically, mentally and emotionally for their service to the USA. They are taught things such as Discipline, time management, teamwork, perseverance and leadership. Basic Training is a very intense experience. But this training is not intended to “break” recruits. In fact, the combination of physical training, field exercises and classroom time is designed to make individuals strong and capable.
Once we become Christians we face certain circumstances and situations that will develop us Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and most importantly Spiritually. Though we may not enjoy some of the difficulties that we face in life, God uses them to train us, prepare us and to make us into what He would have us to be. This is what Paul meant when he said "...our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17)
The American solder who goes through combat training is tested and pushed to the limit. But this is necessary because he must be ready for the battle that he will face! The same is true for us, we are trained and prepared so that we will be ready to fight the battle that is to come in the Christian life! That is the context of what we read in 1 Peter Chapter 1. Peter opened this chapter addressing the great benefits that these believers enjoyed as a result of their position "in Christ". They were "called and chosen by God" , They possessed hope in Christ, There was an inheritance that was "reserved in Heaven for them" , He also stated that they were "kept by the power of God". Verses 10-12 cover the greatness of their salvation. But along with the benefits Peter also addressed the struggles that they were facing. Verse 6 tells us that they were in "heaviness" and facing "manifold temptations". Peter followed this up with some encouragement in verse 7 ...the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
As we arrive in verses 13-17 there is a shift in Peter's focus. Everything he had said up to this point has been stating facts concerning salvation and life in Christ. Now he begins to give commands to the Christians. To continue with our military theme, it is as if Peter was a commanding officer giving orders to his men. And the commands that were given to these first century Christians apply to us today. I would like to look at this portion of scripture and consider this thought "Be All That You Should Be!"
So far in this study we have seen the great benefits of salvation through Christ. Now we will see our responsibilities and duties as Christians. These duties are not conditions of our salvation rather they are consequences of it. So what must we do to "Be All That We Should Be?" We must Be Prepared, Be Focused, Be Obedient, Be Steadfast, and Be Holy "