Yesterday we talked about whether it is really possible for us to really be like Jesus. After all, Jesus was perfect – the Son of God. We are mere humans, flawed in many ways. Yet the apostle Peter, referring to Jesus, said in 1 Peter 1:15-16 “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” In this passage, Peter was actually quoting from the Old Testament book of Leviticus. God was speaking to Moses, giving him the laws that the Israelites were to follow.
Lev. 11:44-45 “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy”.
This is repeated many times throughout the scriptures. So again, the question is ‘how is this possible?’ The answer lies in understanding what the word ‘holy’ really means. Many people believe it means to be perfect, without flaws, or sinless. If that were true, then not one of us could ever hope to achieve it. The real meaning is consecrated, set apart for a special or specific purpose – dedicated to that purpose and none other.
In that light, what does it mean when we say God is holy? It means He is set apart, He exists for a unique and special purpose, and His entire being is dedicated to that purpose. In the same way, we can dedicate ourselves and our lives to serve God. We can set ourselves apart from the unclean, sinful things of the world, and do everything we do for God’s glory. We can simply follow the first and greatest (according to Jesus) commandment – to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 NIV.
Does this mean we will be sinless – that we’ll no longer be tempted? No, but the battles get a whole lot easier when you’re fighting them with God on your side. Does it mean we have to quit our jobs, sell our homes and become missionaries, or pastors? Not necessarily. There will be some that God will call to be pastors or missionaries. But the vast majority will be called to a different vocation. One will be a laborer, another an executive. One will be a doctor, another a janitor. The idea of working for the glory of God has little to do with what you do, but everything to do with how you do it.
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Col 3:23-25 “23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
As you pray today, thank God for the work He has given you, and ask Him to show you how you can use it to glorify Him.