While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 16 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day sixteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be holy.
Called To Be Holy
“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 1:15-16 (NIV)
How is being holy related to living a life of holiness? What comes to mind when you think of someone being holy? Is holiness something that you consider attainable in your own life? Why? What specific things need to take place in your life for you to be holy? Who can do those things in your life? Is there a part of holiness that is up to you in addition to the work God does in your life? How does a daily reminder that you’ve been set free from sin help you to pursue holiness? Why is holiness such a necessary and noble pursuit?
Holiness has to do with belonging to God or being set apart for God’s exclusive use. It is such a big part of the identity we ought to have in Christ that this journal spends two days focused on this sacred calling of holiness. Our holiness is only possible as we are purified through the blood of Jesus, but that holiness is maintained as we daily surrender to living a life exclusive to God. It is through, and because of, that cleansing by Jesus that He is able to call us to be holy, just as He is holy. When we live as one set apart for God’s use, we seek to live in such a way that our life brings honor and glory to Him.
As you pray about God’s call for you to be holy, ask Him to give you the wisdom to live a life that reflects His holiness. Pray that you would always choose the things of life that would lead to purity in your thoughts and actions. Pray that God would purify you from all unrighteousness. Pray for a heart that seeks to honor God in all you do. Pray that you would be free to live exclusively for God. Pray that you would learn to be holy, just as Christ is holy.