Be Different (Part 2 of 2)

Have you ever read a bible verse that freaks you out?

This is one of them:

‘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)

God calls us to be holy like He is. Wow.

When I read this, I immediately write myself off, as I know the things I’ve done and thought, and those things are most definitely not what you would call ‘holy’!

But part of my problem is that I’ve misunderstood what it’s actually meant to be holy. I’ve had this idea that to become holy means I need to live a life of absolute moral perfection and become a nauseatingly nice person with no real opinion or personality, while adopting a vague, patronising and aloof smile glazed permanently across my face as a sign that I’m too good to engage with real people!

But the truth is that to be holy is much more attainable than we realise. This often misunderstood word, ‘holy’ simply means ‘to be different’:

‘The core meaning of ‘holy’ is different. [Someone who is ‘holy’ shares the] “likeness of nature with the Lord” because [they are] “different from the world.” (HWS)

In other words, God invites us to, “be different because [He is] different”.

Just as there are one of two different directions you choose to drive, so there are one of two directions we choose in life. We either choose the direction the world is headed in, or we choose a different way and move towards Jesus. It’s this difference of direction that makes us ‘holy’. And thankfully, God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to help us:

‘The sanctifying work of the Spirit [makes you] holy’ – 1 Peter 1:2 (NIV/ NLT)

This word, ‘sanctification’ literally talks about the process of becoming different. The instant we put our trust in Jesus, we are forgiven. But then the Holy Spirit begins the life long process of making us ‘holy’, where we become increasingly different from the world and more like Jesus.

Put your trust in the Holy Spirit, who gives you the power to be different!

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#evrlyf #50DaysWiththeHolySpirit #direction #sanctification #inspiration #dailydevotions


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