Author Jonathan Merrit tells us, “When we lose our spiritual vocabulary, we lose much more than words. We lose the power of speaking grace, forgiveness, love, and justice over others.” There is no time like the present to begin reclaiming some of the vocabulary used in the Gospel. Read over 1 Peter 1:15-16 today and highlight the word HOLY. Think about all the ways that God is holy (set apart) Then think about the ways that you can show the world what God is like. Take time to seek the Lord for ways to love and serve others as you reflect His holiness.
The commands to be holy draw us to be the people of God. Holiness isn’t about how the world corrupts us; it’s how we are corrupted in this world by believing the false Gospel of consumerism, greed, pride, and seeking success at all cost. Take a moment to read over and reflect on Luke 4:18-19. Do you need to break free of consumerism, greed, pride, or seeking success at all cost? Is there an aspect of holiness through the lens of Jesus that you need to embrace instead? As you pray today, ask the Lord to help you search your heart and connect you to the holiness He has in mind.
A call to holiness is a call to create a different kind of world—a world of love and equality. Knowing this, what does it mean to “be holy as God is holy” in your everyday life? What does it mean to be holy at work? In the home? With your neighbors? Your friends? Your family? Reflect on the words found in Leviticus 19:2 and write down some ways that you can reclaim and reflect holiness in each of those areas. Create some space in your schedule today to pray as you walk into each of those environments (work, home, community, friendships, & family) and invite God to help you live out His call to holiness there.
Anything that leads you to act unloving towards anyone is a false Gospel Jesus came to counteract. Holiness always leads you to justice and ethics. It’s about finding what’s wrong and doing what you can to make it right. 1 Peter 1:13-16 compels us to be alert and fully sober. Carve out some time today to read over some news articles and take note of places where you see injustice and unloving. Pray for the people involved in those situations. Then ask God to help you to intentionally be aware of spaces in your life where you can advocate or make moves to speak up for those suffering from injustice or hopelessness.
Holiness is about showing the world what God is like; it was about inviting more and more in. It’s about loving and serving others so that the Kingdom of God would grow and invite all and make more room for all to sit at the table. Read over Leviticus 19:33-34 and think about someone you regularly encounter in your everyday life that you don’t particularly know very well. Invite them to the table to share a meal, coffee, or dessert with you this week. Get to know them and listen to their stories, then be willing to share some of your story with them. Pray that God would continue to open doors for holy moments like that!
TALK IT OVER
- Where do you see God redeeming lives and bringing hope in the world around you?
- What do you see happening in the world around you that breaks your heart?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “Holiness?”
- Why should we be holy?
- What are some practical ways to reclaim holiness at work? In the home? With your neighbors? Your friends? Your family?
- Why is it so easy to get caught up in believing the false gospel of consumerism, greed, pride, and seeking success at all cost?
- What can we do to combat those lies and embrace the truth of holiness through the lens of Jesus?