For most of us, the book of Revelation is the spooky/scary book we never read. While the imagery can be a little odd, the message within the last book of the Bible merits our attention. In the midst of all the things in this life that threaten to overwhelm us, again and again, Revelation points to the God who has chosen to share life with us. It points to God who is remaking this world and remaking it into something that exceeds all our deepest longings: a forever home where peace rules and joy is complete.
Ugh, the phrase smacks of pretension. Be Holy. And for those few that can avoid spouting a hypocritical piety, they set a standard saintliness that no one could possibly come close to. Be Holy? No thanks, it’s not for me. But God says, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” So maybe it’s less about us and our own piety, and more about the God who is at work in and through each one of us. Can you be holy? You already are.