Sunday Devotional: We are called to be holy!

John 1:1-3, 14, 12

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
The Word of God
became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
To those who accepted him,
he gave power to become children of God.


1 Corinthian 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother,
to the church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.

God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since only holy people will see God face to face, that means as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, we are all called to be holy.

That sounds so daunting, doesn’t it? How do we become holy?

The answer: By putting on the armor of God.

armor of God

As St. Paul counseled us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:

“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

St. Paul gave us the manual!

Here’s the manual on how to be holy:

  1. Resist and fight evil — the devil and human evil-doers.
  2. Love and speak the truth.
  3. Be righteous, i.e., be morally right and good — the opposite of “judge not” moral relativism.
  4. Have faith in and be faithful to God.
  5. And remember we can’t do this by ourselves, but only by drawing our strength from the Lord. Ask Him to help you.

I want to be holy, and I want you to be holy. Let us help each other to become holy!

And may the peace and truth and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


12 responses to “Sunday Devotional: We are called to be holy!

  1. Excellent, and already sent to NY & AK!

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  3. Wonderful post, but in your manual of how to be holy should be to read and study the Word of God. With an online Strong’s Concordance one can look up the word “holy” for instance and see every place in God’s Word where it is used. It’s a wonderful tool that is so very handy and it’s so much less time consuming than using the old paper reference books used in generations past. Thank you for posting the Sunday Devotionals.

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    • stymie82,
      only through, and because of, Jesus, who is “The Word became flesh” can we become “holy” and “righteous”. Since He is “The Word”, when we follow Him, we follow the bible (OT and NT); it is a divine tautology. The Word and The Lord are interchangeable. Reading the bible does strengthen us because we become part of the Lord. His blessed Word feeds our souls and strengthens our spirits and the Lord is “The Word”.

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  4. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of TRUTH, and having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the READINESS given by the gospel of PEACE. In all circumstances take up the shield of FAITH, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all PRAYER and SUPPLICATION. To that end, keep alert with all PERSEVERANCE, making supplication for all the SAINTS, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to PROCLAIM the mystery of the GOSPEL, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20
    This is one of my favorite chapters….
    Thank you for including Ephesians in your devotional…I know it is one of your favorites as well, going by your profile pic. 🙂
    “And The Word became flesh” is the most breathtaking verse for me in the bible.
    Because of Him, we don’t simply exist, we wait.

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  5. W’hat a beautiful reminder . . . we need to be “H-O-L-Y in order to return to live with God through eternity.

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  6. TY

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  7. “Humanly speaking, nothing is possible. But with God, All Things are possible.” —Our Lord

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  8. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!
    Thank you for this post!!! I love God and Jesus Christ….
    But the Devil has been tempting me though addiction to food and sexual desires… I am so worn down. But your article has helped me to regain my focus on Jesus….. thank you and thank God!!

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  9. William Brandon Shanley

    I missed Church on Sunday but have had your inspiring post open ever since. Yes, that’s right. Today is Wednesday! This wll give you a clue, Dr. Eowyn, about how powerfully your lesson is moving me. Re-reading it again now. Thank you! God is Love!

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  10. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful and wonderful post. Our family, the Church Triumphant, want us to be with them in heaven. Your summary of what it means to be “holy” is excellent, and helps us to understand that we can become great saints; however, we must want to be a saint as our primary goal, and we do this by trying to do the will of God and being a living sacrifice to Him every day. We must also remember the faithful departed, also our family, in our prayers and daily works.


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