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).
My Concordia Bible references this verse to the Lord’s Prayer. That makes sense when you consider that the first line of it says, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.”
Because He is holy. To be holy is to be consecrated, sinless, clean, without error or blame. That’s God; that’s Jesus. Is it you?
Do you or I ever step back from our daily lives to consider that God sees us as holy? When God the Father looks at us, He looks at us through the lens of the perfect life of His Son, Jesus. He sees Dave Terry as His very good creation. Instead of seeing all the ways I’ve messed up His very good creation, He sees me covered in Jesus. The blood in my veins is His blood. The clothes I wear are His royal robes that are sparkling white. The look on my face is careworn but through love, not trials. When God the Father looks at me or you, He sees us through our faith in Jesus and doesn’t even remember that we’ve ever done X, Y, or Z.
God sees us as holy.
So how are you doing with that, today? Have you messed up your holiness yet on this last Monday in April? I’m betting the correct answer is “yes.” Maybe you’ve already messed up big today; maybe you’ve barely scratched an indiscretion. No matter what has happened, chances are that, because you’re a human being, something has already happened, because of you, that put up a wall of sin between you and God. But then here comes Peter with his call for us to be holy. It’s barely Monday here and already I’ve tanked that expectation for the week. How can this ever be?
You know the answer. You really do. You’re a smart, discerning, Spirit-led person of faith. You’re no longer ignorant of the saving faith of Jesus or the fact that He’s coming back soon to make all things new. You know the Father, Son, and Spirit are holy, and you know deep inside that they see you as holy, too. And when we put a divide between ourselves and God, the ONLY way to bridge that divide is to go back to Jesus. Yet again; maybe again and again. To go back, confess our wrongs, and submit to Him again (and again and again). He sees us only in love and forgiveness. It’s we who see ourselves as something else.
Pray that Lord’s prayer again today and give it another go. And be holy because He has made us holy.
For further reading: Leviticus 11:44, Isaiah 35:8, Matthew 6:9, Revelation 21:5, 1 Peter 1:17
Lord Jesus, YOU make me holy. Lead me to think and act holy in Your service today.