Matthew 6:9 – Hallowed be Your name.

“Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior, because it is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.”

God’s holiness is a difficult attribute for humans to understand. I am sure that if you asked ten people to describe God’s holiness, you would receive ten different answers. Each answer would be limited by an individual’s fallen human understanding. Jesus’ life is the only real valid representation of the holiness of God that we have in human form. We know God the Father by the life our Lord Jesus Christ lived here on earth. His holy life became our pattern for how we should live as children of God.

Jesus gives believers His Holy Spirit as promised by our heavenly Father. One of His divine purposes for giving the Holy Spirit to a believer is to supply power to overcome sin and live a holy life. Paul’s statement to the believers in Corinth says it all. “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin (2 Corinthians 11:2-3). Our heavenly Husband is holy. As His bride, we are to be holy as well.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). The meaning of the word sanctification is “to be set apart.” We have been set apart unto God by His Word and by the work of the Holy Spirit. We belong to God in every respect: spirit, soul and body. Paul dealt with the church at Corinth over sexual immorality. In Thessalonians, Paul specifically addressed the issue of idolatry and immorality. Both these evils cause culture to fall from a foundation which was to be established in God’s moral law. The result has been for many of God’s people to be drawn away from seeking after God and His holiness and drawn into idolatry and immorality.

Today, make the choice to be holy and ask the Holy Spirit for His help in your sanctification. He knows the weakness of our flesh and will help all who call upon Him. God the Father desires a pure bride for His Son. Today, and every day, ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to be able to present your body to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to your heavenly Father.