Each one reading this post is created in the image of God (cf. Gn. 1:26-28). What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Most simply, it means we can know God and show God. The vertical component means we can know and relate with God in a unique way. Horizontally, it means we can demonstrate the character of God to the watching world. And if God is anything, He is holy!
So it’s no surprise that several times in the Scriptures we are called to be holy because God is holy (cf. Lev. 11:44; 1 Pt. 1:16). But, practically speaking what does that mean? What does it mean to be holy on an everyday level? Here are some helpful thoughts by Kevin DeYoung:
Here’s one to think about being holy as God is Holy: consider growth in godliness as the sanctification of your body.
- The mind is filled with the knowledge of God and fixed on what is good.
- The eyes turn away from sensuality and shudder at the sight of evil.
- The mouth tells the truth and refuses to gossip, slander, or speak what is coarse or obscene.
- The spirit is earnest, steadfast, and gentle.
- The soul rests and rejoices in Jesus.
- The muscles toil and strive after Christlike virtue.
- The heart is full of joy instead of hopelessness, patience instead of irritability, kindness instead of anger, and humility instead of pride, thankfulness instead of envy.
- The sexual organs are pure, being reserved for the privacy of marriage between one man and one woman.
- The feet move toward the lowly and away from senseless conflict, divisions, and wild parties.
- The hands are quick to help those in need and ready to fold in prayer.
When I lose track of what holiness is actually about, I try to scan down the body from head to toe and remember what God desires from me. And just as importantly, I need to remember who Christ is and is making me to become.