“…but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter [1:15]
Does this command feel a little out of reach to you? If so, good. You understand something about God.
To be holy as God is holy is to be perfect as God is perfect. God, who is infinitely righteous, infinitely loving, infinitely gracious, is your standard for action. If that isn’t completely and utterly intimidating, you don’t have a clear understanding of yourself.
But there is hope for the humble before God! When David confronted the giant Goliath with a stick, some stones, and a strap of leather, he wasn’t beating his chest and hyping his strength. He had confidence the Lord would deliver him.
In the simple faith of a shepherd, we find the secret to being holy. It’s a secret that is much clearer in the original Greek language of the New Testament text. The command “be holy” is in the passive tense, meaning it is something that is done to you, rather than something you do to yourself. God makes you holy. But like David going to fight Goliath, we cannot live out that holiness unless we respond to the saving work of God in faith.
God has called you to be holy. God has made a way for you to be holy through Jesus Christ. Submit to his holiness today.
God, I am so much less than you. You are holy, and I am not. My flesh is weak. But you sent Jesus to put to death the sin in my flesh that I might live eternally to your glory. Grant me the power to live that life today. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Samuel 17