Thoughts on Holiness
1 Peter 1:15-16
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
I don’t think any Believer reads this instruction and asks, “Why?” I think we read it and ask, “How?” You must be holy because I am holy... But God already IS holy. How am I to get that way?
The wonderful answer is that God doesn’t expect us to develop holiness ourselves. He expects us to trust and believe in his Son, Jesus. Our holiness is Jesus. The only way for me to be holy is to have Jesus’ holiness. Jesus simply makes us holy because of who he is. The only way to be holy in everything I do is to have Jesus with me in everything I do. I cannot respond to a holy God with holiness; that means I can’t respond to him without Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:9 explains how we “got” holy...
But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
There’s nothing we do to “get” holy; believing in Jesus makes us that way. And following Jesus for life keeps us that way.
Ok, so I didn’t make myself holy, but because I have been made holy, how does a holy person live? Pastor Rick Warren points out that “mature” people live life by their commitments not their feelings. And holy people do too.
“The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people don’t feel like doing. They develop habits. They stay committed...If the only time I pray and read my Bible is when I feel like it, the Devil makes sure I never feel like it.” (Rick Warren, Daily Hope 1-2-18)
Thank you for being holy. Thank you for making me holy through your Son. Thank you for not requiring me to make myself holy because we both know me well and know that would be impossible. Thank you that I am qualified to enter into your kingdom and your goodness and a relationship with you because of faith. I believe in your Son, Jesus, who died for my sins, forgiven me, restored me to you and made me holy. Help me to live today by these firm convictions and not by my feelings. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.