To Be Holy

“Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” – Leviticus 19:2

For me, I know that God is holy, but needed to dig deeper to get a grasp on what exactly it means for me to be holy.  According to Webster, holy is defined as follows:

1) specially recognized as or declared sacred (set apart)

2) dedicated or devoted to the service of God

3) saintly; godly; pious; devout

4) having a spiritually pure quality

5) entitled to worship as if sacred

Okay, so specially recognized or declared sacred, set apart, is how He sees us when we give our lives to Him and are covered by the cross.  Dedicated or devoted to the service of God ought to be our response to definition number one in our lives.  Saintly; godly; pious; devout – how we ought to be viewed by those looking at our lives – not in a way that is worthy of worship (wait for #5), but rather as people pursuing the path placed before them with a passion after God’s own heart.  Having a spiritually pure quality comes as we confess to Christ.  As for being entitled to worship as if sacred,  there is only One who is called holy as such, and that is the Living God.

So, my understanding of what is spoken in Leviticus 19:2 is that I am to be dedicated or devoted to the service of God, pursuing a spiritually pure quality provided by God, because He is entitled, deserving, of all of my worship and praise.  He is sacred, pure, and alone worthy of all of our praise.

When we invite God to enter into our hearts, our lives, He sets us apart and declares us His daughters and sons.  By His Spirit in us, we are empowered and equipped to be devoted to the service of God.  No, we are not all called to be pastors or preachers, but we are all called to love God and to love people.  When we love God and love people as He calls us to do, He places in us a spiritually pure quality, regardless of our past, present or future sin.  The sacrifice of the Savior on the cross, covers all of our sin against Him, and allows us to be seen by Him as holy. (set apart and spiritually pure)  God, because He is God, is holy. (entitled to worship because He is sacred)  He loves us to life, and we, in return, ought to love Him with all that we are, as His holy (devoted and dedicated to Him) children.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are holy and worthy of all of our worship.  Thank You that You make us holy, spiritually pure in Your sight, when we ask for Your forgiveness.  Teach us Father to live holy lives, devoted and dedicated to You, most holy God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. I love coming by and reading your thoughts. You understand well what it means to proclaim the “Good” news. So often Christians think that by instilling people with guilt and fear that this will somehow turn their hearts open and responsive, make them suddenly come to full repentance and willingness. It is only knowing by HOW much our Savior loved us, bled and died for us, that anyone will ever want to know more about Him and what kind of life He calls us to. To be Holy. It sounds impossible. Just thinking of the word holy conjures up all sorts of imagery that I feel unworthy to even place myself beside. God is Holy. The bible is Holy. I . . . I am not Holy. But, He tells me I am. Why? Because he loves me.

    Thank you!!!

    • Thanks so much Cara. He is always so gentle and loving with me, so how could I not extend the same attitude of loving kindness to all who long to know Him? I don’t have all of the answers, nor do I feel even remotely close to holy, yet in His mercy in grace, that is exactly how He sees us through His loving Father heart…
      Blessings to you, and I look forward to reading more of the book you are writing. I teach middle schoolers and imagine they would be captivated by your writing style!

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