What Does It Mean To Be Holy?

The word holy is used quite often in reference to both good and bad, but what does it mean for a Christian? When we think of holy we think in terms of majestic and untouchable, a man or woman of reverence above the normal person. The Lord commanded us to be a holy people onto Himself, and yet for many of us with scattered past it seems near impossible to be holy.


“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6 NKJV).

The Hebrew word for holy is qadowsh, which means to be sacred and is derived from the root word qadash. Qadash goes further to mean made clean, purified as well as consecrated or dedicated. To be holy simply means to be dedicated to the Lord by believing in Jesus Christ and being transformed by the Holy Spirit, and made clean by the blood of Christ. We are to dedicate ourselves to the Lord by living for Him and walking with Him each and every day in Spirit and truth.

This call was first given to the Israelite’s in the verse above after the exodus from Egypt. They were called to not follow the pattern of the world and civilizations around them, but rather follow the Lord and His law. They were to consecrate themselves to the Lord in obedience and not go after the gods and things of the wicked world surrounding themselves.

“You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 6:13-15).

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This same command is still in effect today for all the children of God. We are to serve the Lord and not go after the things of the world around us. Another use of the word holy is separate, and thus we are to be. We are called to be a separate people onto the Lord, not following the pattern of the world and lusting to be like it or them. This is the true calling and meaning of being holy within the Christian life.

When we believe in Jesus we are then made clean in the sight of God, and thus we are made holy onto Him. The toughest part, especially in today’s society, is remaining faithful to the Lord and separate from the filth that lies around us. No matter where you look today therein lies temptation. Whether you are browsing the internet, reading Facebook, or driving down the road, there is temptation and evil with every swipe of the finger and every turn of the wheel.


The key here is to look past the temptations by remaining in the Spirit continually. This does not mean we will not slip from time to time, but it will help us overcome temptations and veer from the sin that lurks within the temptations themselves. We can not bypass temptation, but we can overcome the sin that temptation produces by staying in close communion with the Lord and being filled with His Holy Spirit.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11).

We are called to be a holy people for the Lord and this, of course can only be accomplished by having a personal relationship with Him while living and walking in His Spirit. We are a separate people, separate from the ways of the world around us. I am not sure where you stand today, but remember to always stay close to the Lord and continue living and walking in the Spirit. You are holy in the sight of God by the washing of the blood of Christ and you are forever His. Stay blessed and may the Lord continue to strengthen you throughout your life on this fallen planet. God bless!

-Michael Thacker 

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