I Am Holy
In this 7-Day reading plan, we’d like to share seven truths about who God sees when He looks at you. We call them our “I Am” statements. They are foundational beliefs that will help you find meaning and purpose throughout your life.
Here’s the list, which we’ll unpack in the next few days:
I AM HOLY.
I AM RIGHTEOUS.
I AM LOVED.
I AM SECURE.
I AM CONFIDENT.
I AM CREATIVE.
I AM CALLED.
Let’s begin with the statement: I am holy.
The foundation of all human holiness is this: we are made in God’s image. If God is holy, then it follows that humans were created for holiness.
Holiness is a divine calling, not a human accomplishment. Of course, we can and should participate in fulfilling that calling and living holy lives, but holiness is first and foremost about the God who sets us apart, not about us trying really hard to be good and to do good.
To be holy is to be His. So let’s be clear: our holiness does not spring from our actions but from our identity. There’s a reason why God calls us His Saints (or “holy ones”). You might be thinking, I’m no Saint! I’m barely a Christian! But despite what you may have heard, Saints are not just miracle workers who now live in stained glass windows.
Consider this—the word Christian is used only three times in the New Testament, but the Greek word hagios (“Saints” or “holy ones”) is used over sixty times! And when Paul, who used this word the most—would pen his letters to the “Saints,” he was, for the most part, writing to Gentiles and outsiders, people who were considered unworthy or unholy by the religious elite.
These letters were sent to those who were brand new to this whole following Jesus thing—people who were, in many ways, still making a mess of things. Yet despite all of this, Paul, inspired by God’s Spirit, called them Saints. And these words reach through time, inviting us to see ourselves as Saints too.
I am holy. It’s a statement of identity and of value. It’s an affirmation that you are a child of God, the Holy One.
I am holy, so I stand out from the crowd.