[be holy in the world]
A lot of discussion was dedicated to the verses of the Bible that talk about holiness and what it means to be holy. It is interesting that there are so many definitions for the term – especially taking into account all the different languages.
In my opinion, holiness, like entire sanctification, is also both a moment, a process – and it is a result. The moment happens when we become holy – set apart – in God’s eyes as we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the process of our lives, one of the goals for the followers of Christ is to achieve holiness – or, as David J. Felter defined it, Christlikeness. It is not a one moment to become fully like Him. Even though we are saved and given power not to sin, we are still human and we still have the free will – which means we can choose right or wrong.
Finally, holiness is the result, which we reach in the next life. It is not possible for us to be fully 100% saintlike here in this life – try as we might. However, once there will a new heaven and a new earth, and we will be renewed in Him and become truly holy in the full meaning of this word.
Another point important to me is the idea of “in the world, but not of the world.” It is crucial we live holy lives where we are. What I mean is, being good around Christians is not bad, but we need to be the salt and the light to this world – to those who are next to us – maybe it is our co-workers, maybe it is our relatives, perhaps it is a person next to you on a bus who stepped on your foot. We are to be “set apart” yet that does not mean to remain in a Christian bubble. It is important to be in the world – like Paul mentions in his letter to Romans 10:14 (NLT)
How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
Therefore, our mission, as Christ’s followers, is to be holy and show the world what God is really all about by the way we live. Like Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.”
This post is one of the series of posts from the “God’s Mission and the Church” class I am taking right now.