Holiness is some concept! We often do not understand it. Holiness? Isn’t that for priests or something? Isn’t that associated with another religious group? It is just difficult for us to imagine ourselves as holy. But we should- really. Holiness is not something clouded in mystery. In reality it is not that difficult to define.
Peter calls us to holiness. In 1st Peter 1:13-16 he even shares with us here how to achieve holiness and there are no robes or rolling involved! Read these verses and consider what Peter has to divinely say:
Prepare your minds for action– Sounds exciting! An adventure awaits all who answer this call. Being holy begins from the inside. We build the proper foundation in our hearts. It is the “inner man” of which Scripture often speaks. We prepare it for holy action. If it doesn’t start here- it won’t start.
Be Self-Controlled– Quite a challenge in an out-of-control culture. Too often we take a band-aid approach coupled with self-serving rationalizations when it comes to self-discipline. Holiness is not about that. Without exercising godly self-control we can never answer the call to holiness. This likely will challenge us on some level but God will give us this spirit (2nd Timothy 1:7) if we seek him and his holiness.
Set Your Hope in Jesus– Believe that he will come again and put all of your hope in this truth. This will anchor to God our pursuit of holiness and produce in us his will. Holiness and hope. We cannot have one without the other!
Be Obedient– This may be another tough one. This is a spiritual discipline contrasted to conforming to the evil designs and desires of the world. These desires lead us away from any pursuit of holiness. Obedience leads us directly toward holiness.
Little wonder Peter spoke of “action”. We just can’t wake up and be holy. It takes determined and directed action. And while it may offer some challenges it is a most blessed pursuit- one which we will never regret.
There are many reasons to be holy, but Peter sums them all up nicely by referring to the words of God in Leviticus 11:44:
“I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”
As children we should reflect the Father. While never having holiness perfected as he, it is still exciting to know we can be like him in our own limited but special way.
Answer the call to holiness. An amazing forever adventure is waiting for you. You and your world will never be the same.