Read: 1 Peter 1:14-16
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
God is Holy. No Christian would argue against that stated truth in the Bible. Knowing that He does not and cannot sin is not a new truth for most. In fact, the word “holy” means to be “set aside,” “set apart” or to be “different.” That is a great way to describe God. He is opposite of sin or badness or unjustness. He is, in fact, holy. So what does that make those whom He has saved and is continuously maturing? Are we capable of holiness too?
A Christian is, in fact, holy in two ways. First, we are positionally holy, meaning that we stand before the Father as righteous based not on our own righteousness, but on the righteousness of Jesus. Second, we are also to be practically holy. This means that each day we live, we admit sin to God and ask forgiveness for that sin and, even though knowing that we can, we also strive not to sin.
In 1 Peter 1:15,16, Peter exhorts his readers to be what they already are and behave in like manner too. How is that possible? Follow this: If we have surrendered our lives to the Lordship of Jesus, we are dead to sin and alive to God. Our former life is over and done with, and the life we now have is hidden in Christ. Our life is actually His life. We no longer live, but Christ is our life. If He is our life and He is holy, then what are we? HOLY. You. are. holy. Our holiness is not LIKE Christ’s holiness; it IS Christ’s holiness. Just live in it!
Prayer for the Day:
“Lord, I want to live in the holiness that is You in me. I am holy because You are. I am not mimicking Your holiness; I am only practically holy each day as I allow You to live through me. I want to be sensitive to sin and selfishness so that I can repel a “me” attitude and allow You to be what people see and experience through my life. Thank You for making me holy as You are holy.”