For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a lot of things begin to change. One change is that we no longer live for ourselves but we live for God. If we are living for Him, then we ought to find out what He requires. The Word of God says that He chose us to be holy in His sight. Since God’s eyes are always upon us, we had better be what He expects.
To be holy means that we are to be pure or, like the scripture above suggests, be blameless. Can we live this way? The answer is, “Absolutely!” God would never ask us to be something that is impossible. The secret to living this Christian life victoriously is realizing that we can never attain anything God expects unless we rely on Him. The truth is that we can’t be holy in His sight without His help.
I remember reading the Apostle Paul’s account of his old life in the book of Philippians. He stated that he was legalistically righteous. Furthermore, in regards to that type of righteousness, he said he was faultless. That puzzled me for a long time. I didn’t think anyone could do that. Then the Holy Ghost helped me understand what he meant. Paul wasn’t perfect or pure as a Jewish Pharisee. No, he sinned just like the rest of us. But what Paul did do was make the appropriate sacrifices that were required by the law. Even being legalistically righteous, as Paul put it, wasn’t enough. He still wasn’t holy.
Understand that only God can make someone or something divinely holy. He is the One who sets us apart and He is the One who sanctifies. Only through the blood of Jesus can we be washed and made pure from our sins. So what happens when we sin? Simply put, we defile ourselves. If we stay this way, in our sin, we won’t live up to God’s expectation. Then how do we live a holy life? We do it by living a life full of humility and repentance.
If we mess up, and to some extent or another we all will, we should run to God. We may feel like doing just the opposite. But we need to come to Him with our minds made up that we will not fall the same way again, and ask for forgiveness. Here’s where the miracle takes place. Although your sins may be as red as blood or scarlet, God will make you as white as the driven snow. The Lord will purify you. He will make you holy. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect and never mess up, but He does expect you to rely on Him. Always remember not to run from God, but to be quick to repent. You can be holy because He’s the One who makes you holy.
For God did not call us to be impure, but
to live a holy life.
—1 Thessalonians 4:7
Make every effort to live in peace with
all men and to be holy; without holiness no
one will see the Lord
But just as he who called you is holy,
so be holy in all you do; for it is written:
“Be holy, because I am holy.”
—1 Peter 1:15-16