1 Peter 1:15
But because the God who called you is holy, you must be holy in every aspect of your life.
Holiness is not something you hear a lot about today, but it has never changed with God. Scripture teaches us that Jesus will come back for a “glorious” church, which refers to believers overflowing with God. One of the biggest problems we see today that is leading many believers down a deceptive path is the lack of holiness. As the above verse clearly teaches, God expects us to be holy in every aspect of our life. What does this actually mean? The basic definition for holy means to be set apart. Vines expository dictionary gives us a better understanding of this word. It defines holy as “godlikeness”. Simply put, we should live like our God, set apart from a lifestyle of worldly living.
The significance of this is that God cannot work through and show His glory to others through His body that is not living holy. We are to be a vessel of honor, set apart for the Master’s use. Today it is all together common to have pastors, worship leaders, and believers in a bar on Saturday night drinking, and then in the pulpit on Sunday. The sad truth is there is no true anointing on such people. Therefore those whom they are to minister too are not delivered, but simply have a soulish experience instead of truth and anointing that would free them from the bondages of the world.
There is something biblically wrong when we hire sinners as well to come perform in our churches. He is not looking for hirelings, but those who love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has not changed, but has come to transform us so He can change lives through us. We need to be holy, live godlike, so that He can manifest His glory through us to set people free instead of accepting wrongful living that will in the end only bring death. The wages of sin has not changed. God is ready to manifest His glory through a holy church, and to set the captives free!