We are going to finish up our study on 1 Peter 1:13-16 with the highest expectations given so
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because
I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45)
How do we be holy like God is holy? Let’s start with a definition of holiness. To be holy is to be
set apart. Set apart means to be separated from things that are unholy (taking the rotten apples
away from the apples that are good). Set apart also means to be separated from things that are
thought to be similar, but, in reality, are not the same. (YHWH is not Zeus or Poseidon.)
In context, being holy means to have minds prepared for action not paralyzed with fear like
others are or like our minds have been at different times. Being holy means thinking clearly and
not giving in to distractions that take us off the path of purpose God set us on. Being holy
means having hope and not giving in to discouragement even when we feel consumed by
despair. It means seeking help if we need it for depression, rage, addiction, and child rearing.
Being holy also means being obedient and not giving into the evil desires we had when we were
ignorant (even before doing this study).
As parents, being holy means not being part of gossip sessions with other moms while waiting
for our kids at school. Holiness means not allowing our children to have sleep overs in homes
with families who may put our children in danger by making illegal or dishonoring decisions that
could harm them. Being holy means helping our children discern the difference between people
who claim to be Christians but dishonor God with their choices and lifestyles and those who
follow Jesus in word and deed. Holiness means teaching our children to love everyone no
matter their beliefs and actions, but also being wise about setting themselves apart from those
who could influence them away from God and His leading.
Being holy is hard. It is painful. It is lonely. It is also worth it. It is a product of having a clear and
prepared mind, having hope, and being an obedient child of the most Holy Father.
What are your next steps toward holiness for yourself and each of your children?