What do you think of when you hear the word “holy?” For a lot of people the word brings up images like church buildings or angels. I’ve heard the phrase that “someone is so holy that they’re no earthly good. That’s a sad statement, for holiness is its opposite.
Holy actually means “set apart.” The Bible is called holy specifically because it contains the information God set apart for salvation and service. Holiness is more about being purposeful than being religious. Something or someone is holy when they serve a purpose pleasing to God.
In light of this, you, as a Christian, are holy. Each one of us has encountered Jesus and are called to serve Him. We serve in accordance with our experience and abilities. The pastor is no more holy than the Mom who rears her children in faith. Building a wheelchair ramp for a shut-in is a holy act. Sharing our faith and hope is a holy act.
If you are a believer, you have a call to holy duty. Examine yourself—look at your abilities and dedicate them to the service of Jesus. Realize that most Christian service happens outside church doors. You’ll find it at the dinner table, in your job, or in your social circles. Where you find a need, you’re probably called to a holy act in Jesus’ name.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21