so devote yourself to Him in purity, worship, and service.
"Who else among the gods is like You, O Lord? Who is glorious in holiness like You-so awesome in splendor, performing such wonders?" (Exodus 15:11).
Our God is holy. His character is perfect in every way. His moral excellence is the absolute standard of integrity and ethical purity. God's supreme holiness infinitely sets Him apart from His creation.
As we meditate on God's supreme holiness, we cannot help being overcome with a sense of awe. The psalmist tells us, "Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth" (Psalm 96:9, NIV).
Solomon writes, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10, NIV). To fear God does not mean to be afraid of Him, but to have a reverential respect for His magnificent greatness and unlimited authority. The Bible instructs us, "Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling" (Psalm 2:11).
You have been set apart by God to be holy. Rather than reflecting the opinions and attitudes of this sinful world, you are to reflect the beauty of His holiness. But you can be holy only by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. As the holiness of God works into the fabric of your being, you will become sensitive to sin and learn to abhor it as God does.
God's holiness demands your devotion. The apostle John strongly warns, "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts" (1 John 5:21). Where is your heart? Are you remaining pure and faithful to your holy God? Holy living involves a daily decision to surrender to the lordship of Christ.
Sin brings death and destruction, while holiness brings health and well-being. God wants your mind and heart to be filled with His holy qualities. As your life is transformed, you will project the light of His holiness into the darkness of this evil world. Then you shall be holy as He is holy.
"But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be His children-is holy" (1 Peter 1:15).