A Holy Schematic

14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1).

This word “conformed” is used only twice in New Testament: here, and in Romans 12:2 concerning not being “conformed to this world.”   It is a word (sü-skhā-mä-tē'-zō) from which we get our word “schematic” — a sketch used as a guide by which to build something.  Two wrong schematics constantly contend for our attention: the world (Romans 12:2), and, as we see here, our own “lusts.”

The schematic for these lusts was drawn up out of “ignorance” when we we still lost.  We just didn’t know any better.  But now we do, and it is time for us to cast off these old schematics and to adhere to a new one — a “holy” one — the one that was adhered to by “the Holy One,” even Jesus Christ.  He came as a holy schematic in the flesh, and we can do no better than to emulate Him “in all [our] behavior.”

Lord, help us to follow You as our holy schematic This Day.  Amen.