The Grand Quest – “Be Holy”, for Our God is Holy

     When our son, Daniel, was a youngster, we spent hours playing the Super Mario Brothers videogame. The game is a quest to rescue Princess Peach Toadstool from the evil villain, Bowser. The players run, jump, and bounce their way through different levels until they meet Bowser face to face on a bridge over a lake of lava. If they defeat him there, they can enter the dungeon and free the princess.

     Daniel was more successful than I was in this game (and all the others we played too). Nevertheless, after much failure and many “GAME OVER” endings, I eventually sent Bowser into oblivion and triumphantly entered the dungeon. My quest was complete and the princess was free, but the results were short-lived. When I reset the game, she went back into captivity.

     Along with that minor quest of freeing the princess, God has blessed me to complete some more significant ones. I graduated and found a good job, and I married the love of my life (thankfully, that was a jointly pursued quest!)

     However, there are many more that seem never-ending, and, at times, don’t have a clear objective. I am searching for what it means, and striving to be, a good: husband, father, grandfather, church-member, and brother to others in my life. While “good” is the part that is not always well defined in my mind, I do know where I should be headed. These quests all relate to learning and obeying God’s Word, and can be summed up in the Grand Quest that the Lord has given us:

but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV

     Now that’s a quest to stand in awe of! We’re supposed to be holy: set apart, different from the world around us, pure. Regretfully, there are quite a few times during my days when that’s not the case – either in word, thought, or action (or the lack thereof).

     The Bible teaches that we won’t reach that perfection in these mortal bodies. But, while it is a daunting task, it’s not impossible to get closer to it every day. It’s possible to make progress because we are not alone in the quest – God has sent the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4 NKJV

     When we consider our weaknesses, we may believe this quest is never-ending. However, we can be assured it will be completed – not through our own strength, but because Jesus paid the price for our sins. In Heaven, we will be presented “faultless (holy) before the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy” Jude 1:24 NKJV.

     Finally, we know it won’t be temporary. There is no reset button that sends us back into captivity. We will eternally be with God, and more fully understand that it was not our quest at all – it was the Lord carrying us along in His quest to bring all His children home.

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This post is part of the Christian Writers blog chain. Our theme for this month is “Quest”. Please see the list to the right and visit my friends’ blogs to see what they have to say about this topic.