“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 1:15-16)
How can someone be holy? Doesn’t holiness mean being perfect? The simple answer is no, being holy doesn't mean being perfect. Holiness is not perfection; holiness means being different. God called us to be holy like He is holy. God was different from all the other gods of the ancient world.
All the other gods were built by human hands. They were represented by statues and carvings. They were honored in their temples amongst their people. But, God was not confined to temples built by human hands. He was not represented by statues formed by the imagination of humans. He was and, still is, holy, meaning He is different.
The apostle Peter calls us to be holy too. We are to be different in this world that we live in. This is not a call to be weird; we should definitely not be weird. But, we are to be different in our words and actions. We should be different in the decisions we make. We should be different because we should honor Christ in all that we say and do.
Peter also said, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ…” Because we were redeemed by the blood of Christ, a heavy price He paid for our redemption, then we should live holy lives that are not centered around us, but centered around Christ.
Let us not strive for perfection because we will never get there; instead, let us strive for holiness so that others may know we live differently because of Christ.
Question: Do you pursue holiness in your life?
Challenge: Meditate on what holiness is and how you can be holy as God is holy.
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for being so different that you made clear where our redemption can be found.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League