Monday, April 1, 2019

Holy Is a Four-Letter Word

By Andrea Merrell

Set yourselves apart for a holy life. Live a holy life,
because I am God, your God.
Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you.
I am the God who makes you holy.
Leviticus 20:7 MSG

God said to Moses, “Be holy.” Short, sweet, and to the point. That’s a tall order. Moses must have thought, Be holy like you? Seriously? But you’re Jehovah. Yahweh. The Great I Am.

The truth is God expects all his children to be holy, but too many people view it as a four-letter word—don’t understand it, don’t like it, can’t achieve it—so they ignore it.

But God never requires more of us than we have to give. And He doesn’t make things so complicated we can’t understand or comply. We do that to ourselves. We look at the synonyms—devout, godly, pious, saintly—and decide there’s no way we can meet the mark.

In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young clarifies what the Lord expects from us:

Holiness is letting me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving my Spirit space to act through you. I want to inhabit all your moments—gracing your thoughts, words, and behavior. ~Jesus

We’re told in 2 Peter 1:3 that His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. We have the mind of Christ, the Fruit of the Spirit, and the full armor of God. What more could we need?

Yes, holy is a four-letter word, just like hope, love, and give. God loves us so much that He gives us hope and the ability to be holy so we can be blessed and bring glory to His name. It’s a simple matter of letting Him live through us.

Will you let Him live through you?

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)



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