Holy Is

Holy is loving God. Holy is also loving your neighbor as yourself.
Holy is being led by the Spirit. Holy is also walking by faith.
Holy is seeking first the Kingdom. Holy is also seeking to serve others.
Holy is worship and obedience. Holy is also peace and joy.
Holy is personal. And holy is also communal.

Holy is taking care of your family, teaching your children well, and doing it every day.

Holy is plowing the field.
Holy is growing the vegetables.
Holy is inviting others to sit at your table.

Holy is truth and grace.
Holy is laughter and tears.
Holy is sound and silence.
Holy is labor and rest.

Holy is buying someone a cup of coffee who can't.
Holy is cooking a hot meal for somebody who needs it. 

Holy is clothing a person who has none.

Holy is acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God.

Holy is ministering to the broken and hurting.
Holy is caring for one who is sick or injured.
Holy is taking time to genuinely listen to a troubled heart. 

Holy is rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. 

Holy is in the beauty and the ashes.
Holy is in the mountaintop and the valley.
Holy is in the space between.

Holy is faithfully serving the Father.
Holy is faithfully serving the people He entrusts into your care. 
In doing one, are you not doing the other? 

Holy is as much in the little and ordinary things as it is the big and epic ones. Holy is as much doing the natural part as the spiritual; it's both. We cannot separate the two in living out our faith. 

Scripture says faith without works is dead (James 2:17). What does this mean? I think it involves putting tangible action behind our words and beliefs. I think it means giving faith our eyes, ears, voices, hearts, hands, feet, trust, time, money, energy, and attention.

I know we mostly associate the word holy with purity and righteousness, and this is true. However, this isn't in the context of keeping or adhering to religious rules and regulations. Instead, holy is being consecrated and dedicated to God, and this happens through a relationship with Jesus. 

We are holy in our union with Christ. 

We participate in holy living through spiritual intimacy with Jesus, which will naturally flow into our daily lives. Indeed, we find holy in genuine, intimate, transparent, ongoing communion with Him, but we also find holy in service to and fellowship with each other. 

In this way, holy isn't a religion; holy is a relationship.
In this way, holy isn't just going to church; holy is a lifestyle.
In this way, holy isn't a Sunday thing; holy is a heart thing.

And the older I get, the more clearly I see through this lens.

Jesus, help us live holy lives every day that are pleasing to you. Give us the grace, courage, and wisdom to do holy things that reveal who You and Your Kingdom are and make eternal differences. 


Michelle Holderman
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