Reflecting His Holiness
So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5
Recommended Reading Luke 5:1-8
Tennis players like to play opponents who play at a higher level than themselves. Parents encourage their children to make friends with upstanding peers. Teachers encourage promising students to take advanced placement classes. Why? Because we can always do better; there is always a higher level of potential achievement. Fortunately, in most areas of life there are examples of outstanding achievement to emulate.
When it comes to holiness, however, grasping the concept is harder because none of us knows a perfectly holy person. That is, it is not normal today for people to have personal, face-to-face encounters with God, the Angel of the Lord, or Jesus Christ — those who personify pure holiness. But we can read from Scripture what happened to people who did: Their lives were radically changed; they became more holy.
When Moses met with God face-to-face, it was obvious to everyone (Exodus 34:29-30). That’s why worship, Bible study, and communion with God are so important. The more we see His holiness, the more like Him we can become.
Everything in Scripture has in view the promotion of holiness.
A. W. Pink