“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 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: 14-17
Holy in the sense that is used in this passage isn’t exactly a word that we use every day. Rather, oftentimes, when folks use the word holy these days, it is more of an expression of disgust or delight. Rarely, does it have to do with what God has called us to be: set apart.
And maybe we just don’t see ourselves as set apart anymore. After all, most of the time, we blend in with our surroundings, just like the rest of the world. But should we? Because if we are truly set apart, shouldn’t people notice? Shouldn’t we act different? Maybe even look different? Shouldn’t we sound different? Maybe even be different? Shouldn’t there be something about us that says that we are “holy”—not in a “holier than thou” sort of way, but in a way that people can tell that we are “different.” And in telling that we are different, shouldn’t they just see a little bit of Jesus in us?
For if we profess that Jesus is our Savior, then part of that profession is becoming His disciple. And in becoming his disciple, we strive to be more like Him each day. Surely, that is something that people should notice in our words, our deeds, our attitudes, our light and our fruit.
Be different. Be set apart. Be holy.