Being called to holiness is something that we can’t achieve all at once or even by ourselves. An approach to holiness without a plan can fall at the first sign of trouble. That’s why we have small groups to help us in our daily struggles and to remind us that our God is greater than anything we face. “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. Since it is written, ‘you shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Peter is using these two verses to simply state that God wants us to be like him. Although God knows that we are inherently sinful people, he calls us to trust in him because he makes us new when we let him lead our lives.
Paul says, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin” (Romans 6:6). God knows who we are, the struggles of our pasts, the mistakes we make, and the obstacles we have yet to face. Our God knows that we won’t always trust him and listen when He tries to show us his way, but he loves us more than anyone on Earth can comprehend, showing us grace when we can’t live up to his call to holiness. Even though it’s hard for people to understand a love that shines through all of our mistakes, it’s real and it can only be seen through Jesus Christ. I find it funny that the moments when I start trying to take control over my life are the moments when God shows me just how broken I really am. He then helps me to see that he has made me something so much more than I could ever be without him.
Talk to God and confess some things that you know are creating a barrier between you and achieving His call for you to be holy like him. Or speak with a friend you trust about an obstacle you face in striving to be more like Jesus, ask them to help remind you that even though you will struggle with sin, God has made us new in him. If you are in a small group tell them about what you battle daily in your call to holiness. Chances are there’s someone who has similar struggles that can relate.