an awareness of holiness

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:13-16; cf. Leviticus 11:44-45).

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

I wonder if a greater awareness of the holiness of God might equip us to be more cognizant of our own holiness?  I wonder if willful, intentional contemplation of the holiness of our Father might assist us in realizing our own holy status in Christ Jesus?  Certainly we are only made holy in Christ, however we are called to holy living.  To a holy way of life.  All of life is sacred for those who believe.  The Apostle Peter is calling for conviction.  He is calling for commitment.  Half-hearted Christianity doesn’t cut it.  “Just as He who called you is holy, be holy in all that you do.”  We recognize our failings.  We acknowledge we are spiritually bankrupt outside of covenant.  However just as the Father is holy, we are to be holy.  What if holiness were in our thoughts?  What if holiness were upon our hearts?  What if holiness were a viable part of our vocabulary and conversations?  What if a sustainable facet of our faith was the practice of holiness?

Father we pray for an awareness of holiness.  To be aware of your reality and your presence in our lives.  And to be aware that we have been (and are continually) made holy in Jesus.  Our hope is that we would be altogether incapable of being men and women who give little consideration to your character and nature, your purpose and our calling.  Our prayer is that we would be a holy people.  Light in a world of darkness.  Our desire is that we would be like you.  That we would reflect your holiness.  That holiness would be such an integral part of who we are and so very definitive in what we reveal to the world around us that there would be no doubt as to who we are and whose we are.  In the name of the Holy One in whom we place all hope, and all confidence, Amen.

Glory to God!

Jason

2 thoughts on “an awareness of holiness

  1. Holiness has been a challenging concept to convey to our Sunday night crowd, Jason. Its one of those church words that doesn’t translate so well to the streets, I’m finding. Especially finding a way to use it to describe an attribute of God, as well as a quality of believers. “Set apart”, “dedicated”, “fully devoted” all take a significant amount of explaining, and “sacred” is no clearer than “holy” to my crowd. Any thoughts? Peace to you!

  2. Thank you for the comments my friend!

    I think the connection to holiness is difficult for all of us to make. And I believe having the conversation is a huge step in the right direction. Just engaging in the discussion of what it means to be holy (the holiness of God and our own reality as well) and that in Christ we are indeed sanctified (set apart, actively dedicated to God) is huge! Because you’re right, holiness is a very foreign concept to both those who are churched and to those who are unchurched.

    For me, the reality of holiness (God’s and my own reality/calling) began in an awareness of how very unholy I am. I believe a greater grasp of holiness begins in humility and in an acute awareness of our need for God. Perhaps the stark contrast between humanity and deity is a place to begin the conversation. Holiness is central to what God has accomplished in Jesus because His holiness envelops our unholiness. I agree that the concept of holiness is difficult at best and for us to even begin to wrap our brains around. Maybe in focusing upon our wonderful reality when in Christ, we are better equipped to begin to understand and reveal holiness.

    Thank you for your love for the Kingdom.

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