A criminal investigation will match DNA samples with samples found at the crime scene. Once they have to match, the police are able to identify the criminal. Just like DNA samples are authentic body tissues and can’t be faked, holiness can’t be faked either. Holiness has to come from God to be authentic.
Apostle Peter’s letter says it loud and clear: Referring to the book of Leviticus, he quotes the Lord’s words “Be holy, because I am holy”. What does it mean to be holy? Is God demanding perfection? That does not make much sense; when we say: we are “only” human – this is what we are implying: we are imperfect human beings. I believe we often confuse holiness with perfectionism, which puts holiness in the wrong light and makes it seem out of reach.
The moment God becomes real to us is a big turning point in our lives. Jesus uses the analogy of being born into a family, the family of God. On this side of heaven God’s children are a work in progress. The Lord is the potter, we are the clay. Whoever has worked with clay knows what that means. A lump of clay on the turning table has multiple false starts before the clay pot is perfectly shaped. Walking with the Lord is an ongoing learning curve and like it or not: failure is part of it.
God’s children are deemed holy in the eyes of the Lord when they believe in His mercies and accept His forgiveness. As long as they take course correction and continue to follow Jesus, they walk the way of holiness.