The High Calling of Holiness

What images come to your mind when the word “holiness” is used?

Have we, as believers, given up on “being holy?”

13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, 15 you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy. (1 Pet. 1:13-16, CEB)

2 thoughts on “The High Calling of Holiness

  1. I think we have exchanged the pursuit for holiness with the pursuit for relevence. At times I am guilty of this, and know that many of the believers I talk to are as well. We are so busy trying to find ways to justify our behaviors, desires, passions, and interests. We go to the movies so that we can have something to talk to our friends about, all the while subject ourselves to visual and auditory things that are far from God. We gossip because intimacy is established so quickly that way. Our thoughts and intentions scream out of selfishness, looking out for number one.

    He calls me holy. He sees me as holy. I am part of his family.

    When I hear holy I think of something/someone that stands apart, without a blemish or mark. Holy also has a purpose or story attached to it…usually explaining why it is holy. I intentionally avoid holiness at times when I let my guard down and mark myself with this world. When I see skin reserved for intimate settings, I mark myself. When I see violence, violence that exposes the darkness of humanity, I am marked. When I join in the latest gossip or rumors, I mark myself. In these cases I am not branding myself, setting myself apart for Christ, I instead am marking myself as someone who loves the things of this world.

    Lord have mercy on us for such things.

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