Choosing the Path of Holiness

By   •   May 20, 2010   •   Topics:


Asking Christ into our lives is the single most important thing we can ever do. But what happens after that? Does it matter how we live our lives if we already have the assurance that we will be with Christ in heaven when we die? Let’s explore God’s ultimate goal for us while we’re on earth—personal holiness.

What It Means to be Holy

Throughout the Bible, the term holy has several meanings. Probably the most well known meaning of holiness is “set apart.” This could apply to a person who is bound to God, or even to a place where God is present, such as the Old Testament Tabernacle.

Holy is also used in the context of perfection or purity. In these cases, the word is often used to describe God Himself, or His people.

What holy is not, is unattainable or self-righteous. Many people have thrown around the term, “holier than thou” in reference to someone who is overtly confident in his or her fleshly efforts toward morality. To be truly holy is to be humble. Christ is the embodiment of holiness, and humility is one of His key traits.

There are also those who associate the word holy with something that is unrealistic. When The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 1:15 to “be holy,” it is intended to be something for which to strive. God knows we can’t be perfect, but His desire for us is to grow to become more like His Son, Jesus, as time passes and as we mature in our faith.

In essence, holiness is God’s priority for our earthly lives. A disciple of Christ should always be careful not to place a higher value on being “happy” than on being holy. Yes, it gives our heavenly Father pleasure for us to have happiness, but not at the cost of our personal holiness.

Why Holiness Matters

1 Peter 1:15-16 says:

But, 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.”

If you have accepted salvation through Christ, you belong to the family of God. He wants you to be different, or “set apart,” because that’s what He is. His desire for you is to be Christ-like. This is part of the abundant life Christ came to give us here on earth (John 10:10).

The more we become like Christ through the study of God’s Word and through the Christ-driven choices we make in our behavior, the sweeter our relationship with Him. Our lives will not be perfect, but they will be peaceful and abundant.

The pursuit of personal holiness not only benefits us—it has a positive impact on those around us. They can be influenced to pursue holiness, or even the starting point—Christ—by what they see in our lives.

It is important that we exhibit holy behavior before others, as to not cause them to stumble. This is particularly true with newer believers, or even non-believers. Since we are called to be different, the world will question why a Savior is needed if there isn’t a notable difference in the way we live and the way the world lives.

Another crucial point to consider is the holiness of our speech, not just our actions. Many of us struggle with our faith. We have questions, doubt, and sometimes, anger, when it comes to God. Part of our journey with Christ is examination, and He can certainly handle it.

For instance, there are times when something seemingly unfair or nonsensical happens that we do not understand. In Psalm 73, the psalmist has witnessed the prosperity of the wicked. In verse 15, he comes to the realization that if he vocalized his frustration with God on this matter, he would “have betrayed the children of the children of thy generations.” He saw the risk of injuring the faith of weaker believers.

Our pursuit of holiness extends far beyond our own lives. It affects the Kingdom of God. There will be times when we don’t feel particularly holy. Those are the times when we need to rely on what we know instead of feel and choose the path of holiness.

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  1. Scotty Days says:

    It is powerful and convicting to hear the truth of God’s inerrant word, to understand it, to believe it, and most importantly to follow it in our everyday living. Because of God’s Word we are set free to be all the help needs us to be in him. Thank you sincerely.

  2. Alain Rocheleau says:


    To be holy is a great gift from God our Father which is impossible with personal strength and human wisdom, but by asking daily humbling ourselves before him he will pour out his love through his son Jesus.

  3. Marlita says:

    Thank you very much for the further information on holiness and what it really means to be holy in the Eyes of God. I shall refer often to this particular page and use it as a reference when explaining holiness and why it is essential to my grandchildren and their livesas Christians. May the Blessings of God flow continuously. In Jesus Name Amen!!!

  4. Barbara Ann JONES says:

    I have throughly learned so much from your Bible plan 366. It if from “Infinity on beyond as Buzz Lightyear says from the movie “Toy Story” Mr. Graham you have done wonders for God and our Nation. Yesterday we went to the Outer Bank in North Carolina. A marque said. “One Nation under God. Remember that?” I do believe there is an awakening to seek the Truth! Thanks for caring. Franklin I see you on Fox News and know you are doing your part as well! I am thankful for the Bible App from Life Church of Edmond, Oklahoma. So many people have been reached. Glory be to God. My mother knew the Bible and told me to watch over Israel. Mr. Graham please say give a big hug to the Beelers, A cuffs, Lorenzens and Shives. & Doug & Terrace. Angels

  5. Salome says:

    Thank you

  6. Terry Haines says:

    thank you for all you do for our country

  7. Vickie Manion says:

    Today Lord my heart needs cleansing, there are times when I let my temper get the best of me, and for that I ask forgiveness. I am so thankful that I am a child of yours and through my savior I know I am forgiven. Thank you Jesus.

  8. Ebenezer Botchway says:

    Thank God, for making it possible for me to finish this very help daily program of Rev Billy. May God continue to bless you and your family for all that you are doing for the whole world.

  9. John Lovett, Jr says:

    This is awesome, great exclamation and teaching points, thank so very much!!