Fresh Hope – 14th August 2019

Are you holy? It is not a word that we often associate with ourselves. We use it in connection with Jesus; God; prophets;great men and women of God, but what about you?

Peter in his first Letter says that we are a ‘royal priesthoodand holy nation’ (1 Peter 2:9) and he calls us to be holy ‘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” (1 Peter 1: 15-16)

Jesus himself calls us to be like him, like God – in fact in Matthew 5:8 he says ‘be perfect therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect’ – now that is a challenge.

The word holy simply means set apart, set apart for God.

Paul in Romans 12 says ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world’. In other words be set apart from the things of this world that would drag us back to sin.

When we say yes to Jesus, Paul tells us that we are a ‘new creation’, the old has gone (2 Corinthians 5:17). We receive the Holy Spirit and through that we are set apart for God, we are different from those who are still to find this truth. The action of Holy Spirit working within us means that we want to act differently and have different priorities. We are by definition holy.

Yes, we will all fall back and stumble (probably every day!)but the grace of God is new and fresh every morning. We should be striving to be different, to be set apart, from the secular world around us.

So the challenge for us all today is: how are we going to be set apart? In our thoughts, our actions, our words. How will we be holy today?

Richard Ashmore

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