But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:15-16)
God is holy and we should also be holy in all our conduct. The basic idea of holiness in the Bible is separation from all that is profane. In Leviticus, God was concerned with the ritual of the sacrificial system as well as with ethical requirements. The biblical distinction between “clean” and “unclean” is the way God designated the difference between what He could receive into His presence and what must remain apart from Him. Only people, animals, and objects designated as clean could enter the tabernacle, and later the temple, as part of the worship of God. Specific rituals were instituted by God for making an “unclean” person or object “clean”. The designation of “clean” and “unclean” also implies a distinction between ethical character and behavior that is acceptable to God from that which is unacceptable.
God has given each of us a life to live. Some may live only a few days, while others enjoy century-long longevity. Regardless, all lives will eventually come to an end, and we will have to give an account before the throne of God. Shouldn’t we make sure that our lives are meaningful in the sight of our Creator before that day comes? We must be different from the world and respond to God’s calling to live a meaningful life while we still can.
After years of making spiritual determinations to change, we may question ourselves: “Is it even possible for me to transform?” We may have struggled for many years with the same problems, never seeming to be completely liberated from the things we wanted to get rid of. Sometimes, we are not even sure we want to change. “Is it even worth it?” we may wonder.
“[W]e also […] do not cease to pray for you…that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Col 1:9-10)
Paul prayed for the believers of Colosse to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. The purpose of this knowledge is so that they can walk worthy of the Lord, be fully pleasing to Him, and be fruitful in every good work. Knowledge of the Bible is not meant to remain merely as such; it is supposed to be manifested in how we live our everyday lives. Is our life worthy of the sacrifice Jesus made?
A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” (Mt 26:7-8)
Imagine that you are invited to a friend’s house for dinner one evening. Another friend at the dinner brings out a box of delicious, exotic, and costly desserts—just for you. And as you are enjoying the first bite, some of your closest friends at the party whisper among themselves: “Wow, that is super expensive, yet the other friend is giving it all to him?! Why this waste?” This would be hurtful, not to mention disrespectful.
In the eyes of the disciples, the value of the fragrant oil far exceeded that of Jesus. Continue reading