The dictionary definition of holy refers to being dedicated or devoted to the service of God or being declared sacred or consecrated. Peter’s reference to be holy is our reminder that we have been created by God for his divine purpose and destiny. Thus our need to ensure that we live in devotion to God as he has called us to live in a way which is different from the world. “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)
We have been saved by grace and we cannot save ourselves as salvation is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) Paul suggests that we remain sanctified by being surrendered daily to Christ as an act of death to the works of the flesh. (1 Corinthians 15:31) Living with spiritual discipline which keeps us consecrated and ready to be used by God. Not neglecting our need for prayer and confession which consecrates us to God through the forgiveness of sin. And staying connected to God which keeps us alive in him.
We daily study the word and pray which is our spiritual food to maintain and strengthen our spirits. We continue to submit ourselves to God so that he can keep us from falling into habitual sin. This is not to promote condemnation but we understand that the grace of God is able to keep us from slavery to sin.
Paul cautions us to keep our bodies pure and holy because the presence of God dwells in us. We do not live a fear based Christianity which is laden with guilt and shame, but live in the freedom which Christ died to give us on the cross. There are also choices that we make daily to remain holy and set apart for God. God is jealous and he will not share his glory as our worship and devotion belongs to him alone.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,” (1 Corinthians 6:19)