“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 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 1:13-16, NIV
The word “extreme” is used in almost every area of life today. It is said the X-Generation (teens-20s) is extreme. Extreme sports, such as snow boarding, are growing so rapidly they are even included in the Olympics. You name it…there are extremes in everything. Extreme is anything not considered mainstream. Once it is accepted, it is no longer extreme.
I think as Christians, God calls on us to be extreme. Unfortunately, most Christians have become mainstream, and are very comfortable there. In our society, it is considered extreme for a person to remain a virgin until they marry. It is extreme for a couple to stay married their entire lifetime. Yet God’s Word expects that to be the acceptable standard…the mainstream.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 tells us to “Flee sexual immorality.” It reminds believers that our bodies are not our own, we have been bought with a price. Therefore, we are to honor God with our bodies in all areas. Now that is extreme for our society!
Peter, in his first epistle (1 Peter 1:13-16) challenges believers to be: self-controlled in our lives; obedient to Christ, not conforming to our natural, sinful desires; and to be holy, as He is holy.
When we follow this pattern, we become extreme to the world and even many times, to others in our church and the body of Christ. That is okay. Let us follow Christ, whether at school, in dating, at work, or in our neighborhood. Let us go to the Extreme!
QUESTION: Would you be considered “extreme” by others, because of your Christian walk? In what area of your walk can you become more like Christ?