Are you holy? Can you be holy? Have you ever stopped to really think about that? Do these questions make you uncomfortable?
The word holy is used like a profane word these days: "You think you are so holy" or "you, and your holier than thou attitude". Would you tell someone, "I am holy"?
Well, God has given us a commandment to BE holy.
So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
In this "Who Am I?" Devotional Series we are looking at who we are based on the Word of God and not based on man's standard. In man's fallen sinful nature holiness is not possible. However, the Holy God who created us in His image has created us to be holy. And to live a life of holiness requires us to be set apart from this unholy world and unto our Holy God for His purpose and His plan.
John 17:17-19 (AMP)
Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. For their sake I sanctify Myself [to do Your will], so that they also may be sanctified [set apart, dedicated, made holy] in [Your] truth.
This verse is just a portion of the prayer that Jesus prayed for us (those who follow Him). He asked God to sanctify us meaning to make us holy or set us apart. Jesus says in verse 16 that we are not of this world. Therefore, we are not supposed to try to conform to the ways of this world. Quite simply, we are not designed to fit in. God has set us apart from this world but set us apart unto Him. He has drawn us closer to Him and for His purpose.
We should demonstrate this in our daily living. Our lives are supposed to be lived according to God’s Word and not according to the contemporary ways of the world. It is an ongoing process and we have to live it out daily in our activity, in our speaking and even in our thinking. This will definitely make you unpopular so expect not to be invited to the Happy Hours, the clubs and bars, the gossip sessions, etc.! But the rewards are far greater than temporary popularity.
Our goal is to become more like Christ. Jesus Christ is the Holy One of Israel and is therefore without sin (Hebrews 4:15). While we will not live on this side of eternity without sin, we are supposed to earnestly endeavor to live a life of holiness (Hebrews 12:14).
Ask the Lord to help you to live a life of holiness each day. Ask God to show you the areas in your life that require a change. Are you ready to commit to being holy?
God bless you. Stay encouraged.