Holiness isn’t Perfection


1 Peter 1:16 “…for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy”

I was reading a book the other day where the author pointed out that holiness isn’t the same as perfection. Holiness means to be ‘set apart’. Just as some vessels in the Temple were set apart and made ‘holy’ for offerings, we are also set apart for a life with Christ. Now these vessels were not special in anyway, they were probably far from perfect, they were just set apart. Ordinary vessels…extraordinary purpose.

Romans 9:21 “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?”

A lot of us think that to be holy we have to be perfect, we have to be totally rid of weaknesses and all of our flaws but that is not the truth. We all have weaknesses, and we all have weaknesses in different areas. Just because we are weak it doesn’t mean we cannot be holy. It’s only when that weakness leads us into sin then we cease to be holy.

The Bible says that we are jars of clay, hard pressed on every side. We are just ordinary people, with ordinary weaknesses, but with an extraordinary God on the inside. God is not leading us towards perfection. He is leading us toward holiness, where despite our weaknesses and temptations we can be sustained through his strength.


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