We understand the holiness of some of the things we find in our lives. These are God’s things – like sacred space or objects. These are holy to God, and so they are holy to us. We treat them with special care. There are actions we don’t feel comfortable taking with the holy things of God because those things are unique.
Did you know that you are a holy thing to God himself? More than anything else on this earth – and perhaps to the exclusion of everything else – God considers his people to be holy. Clean and unclean no longer have anything to do with food. It has to do with you (Mark 7:14-23).
The children of God – and every Christian is a child of God (John 1:12) – are “a people holy to the Lord your God.” God cares for his holy ones. They are sacred to him, and he desires to protect them. He doesn’t want them used for profane purposes.
If we are members of the Son of God, and made holy as he is holy, then we watch where we direct our steps and what we do with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:15). We understand the difference between holy and unholy because our character is being shaped after God’s character.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself called to do things differently than the world does things. It is perfectly reasonable that God’s holy ones would speak and act and think in patterns that don’t match up with the world’s. If you find yourself in that place, be pleased and seek even more after the holiness of God.