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In the Apostle Peter’s first letter to the churches he wrote:
“…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.’”
So what comes to mind when you think about holiness?
Do images of burlap robed monks, completely withdrawn from the world around them, walking through the courtyards of a remote monastery, hands folded, and mouths silent come to your mind?
That certainly is one way to be set apart to God – which is the definition of holiness; but do believers need to be isolated from the world to be holy? One Bible dictionary defines holiness as “separation to God and conduct fitting for those separated;” it is to be in the world but not of it – in the world not isolated from it.
In His prayer in [John 17] Jesus prayed:
[v.15] “I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one….as you have sent Me into the world, I also have sent them…”
So in reality believers are as one man put it – “not of the world but sent back into it for the sake of others.”
Holiness isn’t about the clothes you wear or how geographically far away from “civilization” you can get but rather it pertains to a new life in Jesus Christ lived out right where you are.
We have been made holy by God through grace found in Jesus Christ – set apart for the kingdom of God, but the Word of God also makes becoming holy in all that we do a priority for every believer.
Click to read to last Sunday's message titled "Sacramentum"