Precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:4
You don’t hear much talk or preaching about being holy nowadays. It’s kind of like holiness is out of style. Why would God expect us to be holy in this filthy world? Could it be because He is holy and He wants us to be like Him? Actually He took that to incredibly extreme measures when He offered His only Son as a sin offering at the cross. He took our sins so we could be forgiven. We are considered holy by the Lord when we believe in His offer of salvation. He wasn’t content to leave it there. We are not only considered holy, He actually makes us holy by sending the Holy Spirit to live this new life inside of everyone who believes in Him and yields to His love. He wants us to show His life as a contrast to what the world offers. Here are some thoughts from A.B. Simpson on this holiness.
“God’s motives are always loving! I have known people who seemed to be terrified by God’s loving desire that we should reflect His own holiness and goodness. As God’s faithful children, we should be attracted to holiness, for holiness Godlikeness-likeness to God! God encourages every Christian believer to follow after holiness. We know who we are and we know who God is. He does not ask us to be God and He does not ask us to produce the holiness that only He Himself knows. Only God is holy absolutely: all other beings can be holy only in relative degrees. Actually, it is amazing and wonderful that God should promise us the privilege of sharing in His nature. He remembers we were made of dust. So He tells us what is in His being as He thinks of us: “It is My desire that you grow in grace and in the knowledge of Me. I want you to be more like Jesus, My eternal Son, every day you live!”
So dare to be holy. Determine you will not settle for a form of godliness, religious principles and teachings with no power. Press on to know the Lord. As you draw close to Him, more and more of His nature will be yours. You will see that there is a better life available and God will be glorified.