I just listened to a great sermon from my pastor yesterday on holiness. The word “holiness” is often misinterpreted as “legalism”, but true holiness is being set apart from the world, and conformed and transformed by God’s Word.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
Living holy takes renewing your mind for Christ. Before we were saved we were conditioned to only live for ourselves. Our morals and values were shaped by the world, but now that we’re in Christ our morals and values are shaped by God. We still have our sinful nature, and things we were taught pre-salvation, but in order for us to live a Godly life, we must submit to God.
From the time we were born we were told our life is about us. Our life revolves around our wants and needs until we get saved. We were born as selfish creatures but now as born-again Christians, we have to die ourselves and grow in the knowledge of Christ.