“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:14-16
I just started reading a book titled, In His Image by Jen Wilken, and the first chapter is about holiness. Although holiness is an attribute of God, it is also a quality we need to reflect as God’s people. For humans, holiness means being set apart for God, devoted to God, pure in character — in other words, pious.
Most Christians want to know what God’s will is for them as individuals . What job should I take? Who should I marry? Where should I live? These are things we ask ourselves. According to Ms. Wilken, instead of these questions which all boil down to “What should I do?” we ought to be asking “Who should I be?”
The Bible does not tell us what is the right decision in every case. However, it does tell us quite a bit about who to be in every area of life. Here’s a quote from the book:
“Simply put, God’s will for your life is that you be holy. That you live a life of set-apartness. That, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you strive for utter purity of character (Heb.12:14). Every admonition contained in all of Scripture can be reduced to this. Every warning, every law, every encouragement bows to this overarching purpose. Every story of every figure in every corner of every book of the Bible is chanting this call. Be holy, for he is holy.”
If we are striving to be direct our life to God and His will for us, the other decisions will not loom so large. Piety is not about what we do. We can be holy in any job, any place, any marriage. The circumstances don’t matter, but who we are does.