I recently saw a picture of Jesus on His way to be crucified. He had already been beaten, and the crown of thorns was buried in His head. He was mentally and emotionally exhausted, due to lack of sleep, and hours of physical torture.
As He made His way up the hill and onlookers were standing on the sides of the road watching our Lord and Savior pass by. In this picture, Jesus pauses for a moment and reaches out His hand to bless a woman, whose facial expression, said, “Lord I need you!” Even as the Roman soldiers whipped Him to move Him along, His concern was for the woman in need.
Now for just thirty seconds close your eyes and put yourself in the position of Jesus. Think of the pain you would be feeling, think of the fact that you are minutes away from being nailed to a cross, stood up, and dying a slow painful death of suffocation. Would you have a selfless heart and think to put the needs of another before your own?
I can’t think of a more perfect description of an act of holiness. An act in which you can clearly see how His behavior separates Him from the average man.
It is the disposition that we are called to have. It is the behavior we are called to learn and adopt. Why? Because to be holy means our being set apart.
Holiness is the clear distinction between one from many. To be holy is to be unique, to be set apart from what is common, imperfect, or wicked.
Being Holy is conforming our behavior and our character to that of Christ, resulting in our being recreated as new and different people. Growing in holiness is making an intentional effort to immerse oneself in all things that would make the follower of Christ, more and more Christ-like, in all of their actions, words, and deeds.
If you are truly willing to devote the rest of your life, living each day striving to become more and more like Christ. If you have a true desire to be made anew. Follow the advice of Peter, But, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, for it is written, “Be holy because I [am] holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16