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"Therefore gird up loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon grace that is to be brought to you at revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:13-16) I really don't think we have a choice to be or not to be holy if we are to be a Christian. The very essence of being a Christian is to be holy. To say that we are one without being other is a contradiction of terms. As indeed God as said, "Be holy, for I am holy."
Not that above Scriptures are not sufficient to make our point, but consider following: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2:9,10) It is our calling to be holy!
What does holiness cause us to do? Or, in other words, if we are indeed holy, what are some of attitudes and actions which we and others can and will see in our daily Christian walk? There are many!
We will show respect to our parents and others whom we may call our elders. Truly, Elders of our congregations must have our respect as overseers of body of Christ. We will show respect to those in authority over us: officers of law, agencies in government, our supervisors at work, our parents and so forth. Even when we do not necessarily agree with decisions being made, we will respect those who are in authority.
We will show respect, reverence and a worshipful attitude toward God. We will be faithful to worship services, faithful in our tithes and offerings, faithful in prayer and Bible study. We will literally put God first in our lives.
We will remember needs of others, have right attitude toward property of others, have right attitude toward less fortunate, and forgive and love our neighbors.
In short, we will have attributes of thoughtfulness, generosity, honesty, trustworthiness, compassion, justice, truthfulness, mercy, love, reverence and moral purity. The non-Christian may have some (or even all) of these qualities, but he is not holy. We are only holy if we are set apart for service of and glory to God.
God Father chose us for holiness (Ephesians 1:4), God Son died that we might be holy (Titus 2:14) and God Holy Spirit was sent to make us holy (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Let us not be self-righteous or self-holy (for it is not we ourselves that make us so, or are even able to make us so). But let us be righteous and holy with help of Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us be set apart for service of God and kingdom.
All Scriptures quoted are from New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.
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