A Command or a Invitation?

I was Preaching on 1 Peter 1 last week, and i was greatly encouraged by 6 words in the passage i was preaching on. The Passage started in 1 Peter 1:3, and started talking about the great hope we have in the Gospel, and how that is meant to encourage us when there seems to be no hope, or very little like in the people Peter was writing too. Who were suffering a great deal for their faith.

In verse 13 the passage takes a change in direction, it is now referring back to the Hope we have in the Gospel of Jesus, and looking forward to how we are to live in light of that hope; it says:

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 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.”

Verse 15 sums it up i think, we are to be holy, in all we do, because Jesus was holy.

Now i guess that was always a hard passage to swallow, as well i know me, how unholy i continually am, those words were always heavy words, that left me with a sense that i needed to try harder to be Holy.

But this week i was challenged to think about how they were said, is it a command or is it an invitation to be holy? Is our response to be holy and good for Jesus because of what he has done, or is he inviting us to be part of his holiness by what did, in which we can be counted as holy because Jesus was first, and died to give us his Holiness?

I think it is the later. That Jesus was Holy and died in our place to take our sin and replace it with his holiness, so that now i can stand in holiness knowing that my sin’s are  dealt with and are Gone.

How much better is it as a invitation? i reckon a heap