‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.’
This verse called the Isrealites to be Holy for Him. this meant they needed to be different from the other nations around them. God wanted them to be different because they were His chosen people and He had a plan to use them for great and wonderful things. In the same way God called the desert-wondering Isrealites, God has called us to holiness too.
“…for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
God calls us to be holy for Him. Holiness is commonly defined as to be “set apart”. This means anything that is holy is distinguishable from the profane world around it. God wants us to be holy in this way, being different from the world around us. People need to be able to tell us apart from others who are not believers by noticing that we try to imitate our Savior’s ways and won’t partake in the ways of the world that God does not approve. This is just like how God gives the Isrealites many rules in Leviticus- to make them noticeably different from the pagan nations around them, and help them seek after God’s favor.
Christians are called to be holy just like their God is. (Leviticus 20:26) This means we need to seek God and separate ourselves. Read God’s word and meditate on it- seeking for how you can be more like God. As you do this, you will start resisting doing the activities of the world, anything that God doesn’t approve off. This sets us apart and makes us holy.
It’s important for Christians to be holy. God is holy, and if we claim to be His followers, then we need to try our best to be like Him; therefore we need to be holy.
“…and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14