Strive for peace with everyone, and for holiness without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14
I have a question for you.
Ask yourself this: holy holy am I?
How holy am I?
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I want to cringe thinking about that question.
Holiness is a powerful word. It takes a clear shot right at our core. There is no fooling around with it. There is no dancing around it. It just is. Either something is holy or it is not. There is no middle ground with holiness. Holiness dates all the way back to the very beginning, before the existence of time. God is holy. He says it over and over again throughout the Bible. For us though, holiness dates back to the seventh day of creation. At the end of the first six days, God looked at his creation and deemed it all good, but on the seventh, He made quite a different statement: So God Blessed the seventh day and made it holy – Genesis 2:3a.
How many of you treat the seventh day of the week as a holy day? How many of you treat yourself like a holy being? We are supposed to be imitators of Christ. Yet many of us act far from holy. You might be thinking how on earth can I possibly be holy? I am human! There is no way! Only God is meant to be holy. Yet God commands us to be holy. All the way back in Leviticus: For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy…- Leviticus 11:44a
In Romans, we again see that we are to be holy: I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1
Our hearts are to be set apart in holiness. Our minds are meant to pursue holy thoughts. Our bodies are only meant to engage in holy acts. Holiness is meant to define our life, not be something that we put on only on Sundays. Some people will joke that they don’t curse on Sundays, or that they don’t drink on Sundays, or maybe they won’t watch an explicit movie on Sunday because it is a holy day. But are they not supposed to pursue holiness every day of the week? Sunday is holy, a day that we set aside to rest, worship, and reflect on God, but we aren’t supposed to leave holiness in a container only to be opened on Sundays.
No, holiness is meant to consume our lives. Holiness is meant to be an adjective that people can describe us with. As Christians, we are meant to be set apart, to be different from the world. We are meant to pursue holiness with a burning passion. Holiness is meant to be one the goals of our lives. A goal cannot be contained in a jar for one day of the week, the goal must follow around us. Like a sweet enduring fragrance, holiness is meant to linger around us everywhere we go. Before we speak or act, we are meant to question the holiness of the word or actions. As Christians, we are meant to be the ambassadors of holiness. So again I’ll ask you: how holy are you?
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. – 1 Thessalonians 3:11- 13