Because it is written ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY’ (I Peter 1:16)
Are you a pretty good person? Do you try to good things? Are you kind to people? Have good intentions? Would you go so far as to say you are holy? Yikes! That seems like an impossible standard. All people have hang-ups and struggles, but isn’t the best we can do is try to love others and be the best we can be?
Being a “pretty good person” is not God’s standard – perfection is. That’s hard for us to grasp because in this fallible world we have convinced ourselves that good efforts are the standard. Pride has blinded us into believing we are good enough.
But God’s truth is “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) and God is “able to judge the thoughts and intentions of our heart” (Hebrews 4:12b) and knows, even when we won’t admit it to ourselves, that we are selfish and broken. Yet, He still loves us. Miraculously, holiness is still possible through the greatest gift the world has ever known – Jesus. God loved us so much that He sent His son to die in our place (John 3:16).
This is AMAZING news!!! God has rescued us! We don’t measure up, but can stand in the presence of God and be righteousness because Jesus died on the cross (Romans 5:8-11). I marvel at the fact that I stand holy before God. It is an undeserved gift.
Acknowledge that you fall short on your own and need the perfect Savior. Stop living the lie of trying to be good enough on your own and rest in knowing that you follow the One who is holy. Be Holy through Him. And one day in heaven stand before the throne of God as it is proclaimed:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD GOD THE ALMIGHTY WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME . (Revelation 4:8b)
About the Writer:
Caroline Moore is a wife and mom who loves Jesus. She also has a career in commercial real estate investing. God has given her a heart for encouraging other women. She and her husband, Eric, are the directors of the Fellowship Class, a young married Sunday School class, at First Baptist Dallas.