God’s Children Should Live Holy Lives
Case 10: God's Purpose for His Children
What does it mean to 'be holy in heart and mind'?
To be holy in heart and mind means to devote my whole self to loving God and hating sin. 1 Peter 1:15 – But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.
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Children resemble their parents. They “inherit” (receive from their parents) things that reflect the image of their parents. Maybe people have told you that “you have your dad’s blue eyes.” Or maybe “you talk just like your mom.” One way or another, parents can be “seen” somehow in their children. God is holy, and He is our Father. His children should bear the “family resemblance”: They should be holy, as their Father is holy.
To be holy means to be completely separate from sin. In fact, the word “sanctification” means “to set apart”! In sanctification,
God sets us apart from our sinful selves, and from the sinful world.
Instead of imitating (copying) the unholy world, our lives should imitate the holy character of our Father. Being holy is a full-time job because holiness should be lived out in every area of our lives. Our words, our hobbies, our actions, our friendships, and the things we enjoy should all be holy.
It is every Christian’s responsibility to live a holy life. But since believers are “in Christ,” they also have been given the ability and privilege to live holy lives. God commands us to be holy. And God has provided everything we need in order to live holy lives.