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t’s OK to be different. Actually, it’s  in God’s Word and it’s written large on
            more than OK; it’s a command stem-  the spine of our printed copies. There are
        Iming from a glorious reality. God has  dozens of passages calling us to specific
        already set us apart (1Co 1:2) as His people  holy actions and attitudes. If we profess
        and we are commanded to live like it.  to follow the Holy Bible, it’s about time
          The word “holy” means just that – to  we were holy ourselves. Being different is
        be set apart, distinct, different. And there  more than OK – it’s God’s expectation and
        is no higher privilege than to be set apart  command for His people.
        for God’s purposes and pleasure. But for   Holiness is also part of the Great Com-
        some reason, we fight tooth and nail to be  mission. If we are obeying it at all, it may
        just like everyone else, obsessed with being  only be partially. We might be happy to
        popular rather than being pure. And we  preach the good news of Christ’s death and
        would far rather have our local churches  resurrection, and we may be eager to bap-
        described as relevant, affirming, loving or  tize new converts in the name of the Father,
        vibrant, than getting stuck with the old-  the Son and the Holy Spirit, but what about
        fashioned label of being holy. Holiness  the rest? Jesus added, “teaching them to
        belonged to our grandparents’ generation  obey everything I have commanded you”
        and Christian biographies gathering dust  (Mat 28:20 NET). Obedience to God’s Word
        on our shelves. We may tend to associate  is what holiness looks like (see 1Pe 1:14-16),
        holiness with outdated clothes, judgmental  and we are commanded not only to be holy
        attitudes and permanent frowns. But we  ourselves but to teach others to be holy by
        would be wrong. The world is blessed to  obeying Scripture.
        have believers in Christ marked by holiness   Holiness is the subject of this special
        who are characterized by none of those  issue of Truth & Tidings. The articles (to
        things. And the world needs us to be holy,  name a few) contain helpful teaching on
        different, sanctified. They will never ask  the holiness of God, our call and privilege
        the “reason for the hope that is in [us]” if  to be holy, the joy that a holy life experi-
        we don’t first “sanctify the Lord God in  ences, and our glorious destiny – to dwell
        [our] hearts” (1Pe 3:15 NKJV). Simply put,  eternally in the holy city, New Jerusalem.
        lost souls need us to be like God, not them.  We’ll also learn that holiness is hard work
        Otherwise, they will perish. Let that sink  and doesn’t simply happen without the
        in. It’s OK to be different.         cooperation of our will. But thankfully,
          Being holy doesn’t mean we need to go  with God’s commands come His enablings.
        back in time, mimicking the past; it means  We can live holy lives because we have
        going back to Scripture, and obeying what  received the Holy Spirit. Such a blessing
        God says in the present. The word “holy”  makes us especially different. And that’s
        in its various forms is found over 700 times  more than OK.

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