What It Means To Be Holy

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

– 1 Peter 2:9

Let’s talk about the word holy and what it really means. The word holy, if we’re splitting hairs, does not actually mean righteous. Did you know that? The word Kadosh is a Hebrew word that we often translate as sacred or holy. Holy also means separated or different; we could describe it as unique or even weird. You know, the scripture calls us peculiar people, right?

So, holy means that you’re obviously different from everyone else. You’re cut away. People know that you are different. This is why the Jews were commanded to do certain things that made them stand out. This was God’s intent. They wore special clothing, particular hats, and unique hairstyles. You may have questioned why they do all these things that don’t necessarily make the world a better place. And the reason is that God wanted them to be different from the culture. He didn’t want them to blend in. That’s what it means to be holy! You are the righteousness of God and you are the light of the world.

Friend, I think we live in a world, where everyone wants to be holy. Everybody wants to stand out, and everybody wants to be unique. You don’t need what the world has to offer. You’ve already got it all. But if you want to be unique, just trust in the Gospel.


Father, thank you for making me unique. Help me to trust in the good news of Jesus.


In what ways are you obviously different from everyone else? Have you perceived your unique differences as being set apart as a reflection of God?

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