1 Peter 1:13-15 - 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.”
Among other things, our pilgrimage toward the immediate presence of God is a journey into holiness. The Scriptures call us to imitate the character of our God and foremost among His attributes is holiness. God is pure, untainted by evil, completely separate from sin, and without moral blemish. Moses described God as a “consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24), and the Apostle Paul speaks of the Lord as One who “lives in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16). Fire burns away impurities and light exposes darkness.
On multiple occasions in the Bible, God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” And Hebrews 12:14 adds, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” But what does it mean for you and I to pursue holiness? The key thought behind the word “holy” is to be separated from evil, or to live special, set-apart lives of godly purpose. So take some time to ask God if there is anything unholy in your life right now (i.e., words, thoughts, behaviors, attitudes). When the Lord brings to mind things you need to confess, follow His lead in confessing them back to God. In confession, we find cleansing as the very holiness of Jesus Christ is applied to our lives. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Write out a simple prayer to God on paper or in your notes app, asking Him to give you a heart to pursue His holiness. Ask Him to guide your thoughts, words, behaviors, and attitudes into pathways of purity, beauty, and righteousness (right-living). As you do this, consider how Jesus lived a very practical life on earth of holiness. Aspire to be like Jesus.