Devotional

“The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.” – Author unknown.

There is no better word than holy that captures the splendor of who God is and the destination to which He has called us. Only once in Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree. Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in succession. The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love; or mercy, mercy, mercy; or wrath, wrath, wrath; or justice, justice, justice. It does say that he is holy, holy, holy that the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Throughout the life and ministry of our Lord on the earth, it became increasingly clear this was no ordinary man; this was the Son of God. Even the demons had to acknowledge Him as the ”the Holy One of God” ( Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34).

Remember 1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” The phrases “just as God who chose you is holy” and  “you must be holy because I am holy.” imply that we know something about our holy God. As we have said all week, holiness is becoming more like Jesus.  We can never be as holy as God is holy, since absolute holiness belongs to God alone. But we can and should grow in personal holiness as we grow in knowledge of our Holy God.

God has invited all believers to live a holy life. God doesn’t want us to just know about His holiness; He’s inviting us to participate. Through spending time with God and the Holy Spirit, we are realigning ourselves with the holy nature that has been placed inside us. The more we walk and talk with Him, the more knowledge we have, the more we become like Him. The more we become holy.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How important is holiness to you? How much thought, attention, and effort do you devote to the pursuit of holiness?
  2. How can we increase our knowledge of God’s holiness this week?