I Peter 1:15-16 “15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”


What would you say if someone said you should be holy? My first reaction is, “Me? Only God is Holy!” But look at the passage today. Peter is quoting Leviticus 11:44, “‘For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.’”

Now listen! If the Lord tells us to do it, then it’s possible, right? I mean, the Lord does not ask us to do anything we are not capable of. But the key is we have to let Him make us holy. That word in the Hebrew can refer to God, angels, a saint, or even a sanctuary. After all, we are the sanctuary of God, and He only dwells in a holy place. Do you think for a second that His Spirit is going to settle for anything other than “holy”. Of course not!


So, how in the world do we teach our children to live holy lives? We are all sinners, just saved by grace. You can’t demand them to be holy. Go ahead! I dare you! Try that one! Lol. And you can’t really explain holiness to a child. The only way they truly “get” holiness is by observing it.

So the question is where do they see it? They will see it in YOU. They will see it in the way we treat OTHERS. They will see it, hopefully, in their Pastor and Sunday School teacher. They will see it in other believers who know their lives must exemplify holiness. And when you see it in others, point it out to them. Give them those concrete example of holy living.

I know I am rotten to the core. But through the saving grace of Jesus I am made holy and righteous. Because of His Spirit living in me, I can be holy, as He is holy. Here’s to being called holy! I kind of like that after all.


One thought on “ME HOLY?

  1. Marissa says:

    Thank you, Pastor Carl. We are all sinners saved by grace. Past and forgiven sins should not define us. Renewing our minds to the things that are holy and true should be a daily occurrence at the forefront of our thoughts. Live forgiven. Love others. Do right. Seek justice. Walk humbly with God. Put off falsehood and be real sharing the Gospel of Christ.


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