1 Peter 1:13-15:
What exactly does it mean to be holy? I mean, on my own, I am not holy. I mess up every day. Today, I lost my temper. I felt justified, but I really wasn’t. Let’s face it; it is hard to be good all the time. We sin all the time. We don’t mean to sin; it just happens. We think an impure thought, have a twinge of jealousy or fear, maybe it is gluttony, or self-pity. We are after all, human, full of faults. The great thing is there is forgiveness. Jesus died for our sins giving us forgiveness. Forgiveness does not give us a license to sin; no, it gives us the responsibility to strive towards perfection. Even though we will not achieve it, we are called to be holy. To live a life as honorably as we possibly can.
The catch, we have to remember that accepting Jesus as our savior, we are made holy. Being holy does not mean being perfect. It means that we follow, that we try, and we do our best to be a light for the world. We share the LOVE of Jesus with everyone that crosses our path. Losing our temper is bad because we lose an opportunity to share God’s love. Being holy means that we strive to use every opportunity.
Being Holy means that we accept that Christ is the Messiah, the savior, the Lord of all.
Moreover, it means that we accept Christ as our BFF. Because that is the relationship, God wants with us. He wants to be our BFF to talk to him the same way we would our BFF. To honor him as we would a BFF. We also need to acknowledge that God is more; we are supposed to follow him. Following and obeying God makes us holy.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”