“Be HOLY, because I am HOLY.” (1 Peter 1:15)
Holy – The word is often said but thrown around more than it should be. Holy Cow! Holy Moly! Holy Smokes Batman!
The very fact that the word is used so much, may reflect that we don’t really understand what it means.
The word “Holy” means to be set apart.
Think about it. We serve a Holy God. He’s incomparable, immeasurable, and so “Set Apart” that when Moses was in the presence of God he radiated for days (Exodus 34) and when Isaiah sees God on the throne surrounded by angels worshipping Him, his response is “Woe to me, I am ruined” believing he is going to die because he was so unworthy to be in the presence of God (Isaiah 6).
We read God’s Holy Word, the Holy Bible. This is a book so amazingly set apart from all others. It transcends time and still teaches us daily, giving us our daily bread and a growing understanding of God’s love for us! “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
We have God’s Holy Spirit; and as believers, it amazingly it resides within us. Ezekiel says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” 36:26-27.
Can you imagine what the people must have been thinking when Ezekiel said that God is going to put His Holy Spirit in us? WOW!
God told his people, the Israelites, “I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and BE HOLY, because I am HOLY.” (Leviticus 11:44a)
Peter reminds the New Testament Church “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)
The creatures in the throne room never cease from worshipping God constantly singing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8)
Are you getting the point?
Being holy is not about being good. It’s not about thinking you earn God’s love because you didn’t look at porn, get drunk, or cheat on your spouse. It’s about being transformed into the God’s righteousness through His Spirit (Romans 12:2). Remember that we are saved by grace through faith, and that grace is a gift, not a paycheck or reward! (Ephesians 2).
I want to encourage you to be set apart from the culture around you. That doesn’t mean that we have the right to tell others how to live their lives. Being Holy means that WE should be set apart in how we live our lives! Jesus calls this a city on a hill! So as you begin your week, let’s all take a good look at our interactions throughout the week. Do we look like the culture and people around us, or are we set apart? Do we make time to help someone in need? Do we make time for prayer? Are we studying God’s HOLY Word? Are we quick to forgive those who wrong us? Are we quick to repent when we mess up?
Are we being Holy as He is Holy?