By Teresa Reeve (New Testament Department, SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University)
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ’YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.’” 1 Peter 1:14-16, NASB (emphasis mine)
Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His word;
Make friends of God’s children,
Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Holiness, holiness is what I long for,
Holiness is what I need,
Holiness is what you want from me.
So, take my heart and form it.
Take my mind and transform it.
Take my will and conform it.
To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord.
- What does Peter mean when, in the passage above, he calls humans to be holy?
- Is it really possible to be holy like the Holy One?
- How is this holiness accomplished?
- Do either of these often-sung sets of lyrics, express well what 1 Peter means by holiness?