1 Peter 1:15
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.
Talk about a tough job description, this verse is the hardest job description in the world! Who is there that can fulfill this command to be holy just as God himself is holy. How can anyone even begin to measure up to the perfection, justice, almightiness, righteousness, majesty, splendor, beauty, and excellence of the glorious God?
If we just sit and think about the thoughts that have passed through our minds in the last five minutes we instantly disqualify ourselves from this impossible calling. How then can God request of us something that is impossible for us to be? Yes, it is impossible for us to be holy ourselves, “but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish” (v. 19) it is possible. Praise to the gracious God that through the perfection of the glorious lamb without blemish, who is Jesus Christ, all our sinfulness is made holiness by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We must remember that any striving of our own to in some way be holy is itself unholy. God knows we are born sinners in need of a savior and that is why he has “caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).