What, Me..Holy!?!

(Today's post is from Marcus P. Cannon)

1 Peter 1:13-2:3

Webster defines ‘Holy’ as:

1: Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

2: divine

3: devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the Deity

4 a : having a divine quality b : venerated as or as if sacred

Growing up Southern Baptist I heard this word A LOT! ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ “Holy, Holy, HOOOOOLY!” ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬

“Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

​Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

​Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,

​God in three persons blessed Trinity!”

I’ve sang this stanza on Sunday mornings a thousand or more times. I never once gave a thought to the actual meaning of the word Holy. It’s just been a biblical term for me. Peter instructs us to be Holy; to live Holy. When I think of Holy I think of Moses, Noah, and Abraham…Not Marcus P. Cannon. I mean those guys talked to God and stood on Holy Ground in the Mighty Presence of God, right? In 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 we are called to live a certain way, obediently. If we do that we’re living a Holy life. Reading this my thoughts go back to those guys again; especially Moses…A biblical GIANT. I mean the dude opened up the OCEAN! He was HOLY! Y’all know his story, a MIGHTY faithful servant of God. Moses wasn’t perfect but close to it (In my eyes). How can I stack up to Moses?

In my time on this planet I have always struggled with the fact that I couldn’t stack up to Moses, Abraham, Noah, perceived spiritual giants of today or my pastor or a friend who leads a multinational ministry reaching thousands. But as my eyes ran across verse 17 the first line I read is “And remember the Heavenly Father to whom you pray has NO FAVORITES”. WOW! Just WOW! If what I believe about the Bible is true, and I do, the Lord loves me no less than Moses, Abraham, Trey Bailey, Andy Stanley or YOU and likewise is the case. There is a mountain of comfort in that for me personally. For us to ‘Live Holy’ we must love those that God loves, as God Loves. In my past I haven’t been very good at this aspect of “being Holy”. So today, my prayer is for the Lord to lead me to Love as I’ve been loved, unconditionally and without condemnation.

Do you struggle to Love your Brother? What specific aspects of Holiness do you struggle with? How can the “Normal Guys” partner with you in prayer today?


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  • Marcus P, God just may love thee more than me.

    • Wait..did I say He loves me more than me?!? I murder the king’s English.

      • Marc Cannon

        I say we speak in the King’s English at the next small group. It will help with your every day execution.

  • James Rooks

    Good post today Marc. I think we definitely struggle with how to define ourselves as christian men. we can’t decide if we are dirt or redeemed and so we live in a constant state of back and fourth. If we live what the Bible says about us once we are saved, then we’d be walking in our new identity as Holy Warriors of the Gospel. How often do i feel that way? Hardly ever. You gave us something to think about today man.

    • Marc Cannon

      I’ve been working lately on trying to figure out how I can be a better disciple. God is revealing to me that the key for me is to Love people better. Hasn’t always been easy but now I’m thinking a lot more before I say things or do things. When I’m not loving people I’m in that dirt you’re talking about. I’m just thankful The Lord is willing to use me as a vessel to share his heart. TGBTG.

  • Jeff Morton

    I absolutely struggle to love my brother, I could easily be happy living off the grid somewhere, that’s why I love Peter a guy doing his thing right up till he met Christ, then well he was a lot like me….. Profound truth revealed to him…. On fire…. Then a pile of stupid dribbles out of his mouth! It’s a tough cycle.
    The specific holiness I struggle with is that God loves me, just as I am. I’m in a constant battle to “fit a mold” of what I perceive to be a Christian all the while forgetting that God made me for a specific purpose in his plan. I could use prayer for my legalism of trying to fit, as well as discernment as to what traits are self serving and what honors the Almighty!

    • Marc Cannon

      Brother, just though you should know, you inspire me! Praying with you my Brother!

  • Adam Cooper

    Good word today Marcus. I do find that I struggle with loving my brother unconditionally, especially when I see them going down the wrong path. God has worked on me with that over the years to where it is not as big a struggle as it used to be but the enemy still uses it as a weapon at times. I think being honest and accountable to fellow Christians is what helps me with this the most. Thank you the post.

    • Marc Cannon

      To be totally transparent. At times in my life I have been so sick of who I am it was virtually impossible for me to Love anyone and to be frank (Who’s Frank?) I really couldn’t stand to see someone else happy. Things have changed. I still struggle at times with the unconditional part but I now want to guide and comfort those who are in the place I was. My how the Lord can shape and mold. Even when you’re not watching him do it.

  • Brad Bacon

    (Love the nod to the great philosopher Alfred E. Neuman).

    There is a really beautiful image in these verses: to come to faith “as obedient children” (1 Peter 1:14) and “like newborn babes” (1 Peter 2:2). To drop all of my life experiences – sins and struggles, pains and gains, the silver and gold – and to “long for the pure milk of the word.” That is a very strong and challenging message. Thanks be to God that through Jesus and forgiveness of sins we can gain that perspective and regain the wide-eyed innocence and wonder in His Holy presence!

    • Marc Cannon

      I can’t help but sink into the comparison to the family unit in this group of verses. The Father loves each of his children no more or no less, we’re expected to to the right thing and feed off His word. It’s comforting, challenging and awe-inspiring all at the same time for me.

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