Earmarked for God’s purposes

This week I’ve been answering some questions about the Holy Spirit.

On Monday we explored whether the Spirit is an “it” or a “who.” On Tuesday we asked if the Spirit makes you “feel” differently?

Here’s today’s question: What does it matter to you that the Spirit is “holy”?

First, we need to understand what “holy” means.

Unhelpful phrases like “holier than thou” link holiness with judgmentalism and moral perfection. But here’s a more accurate definition. When something or someone is “holy” it means they are set apart and special and earmarked for God’s purposes.

Since God’s Spirit is holy, and since his Spirit dwells within Christians, that makes you…


I remember reading about a man who took a civil service exam to work for the government. One of the questions was, “Do you consider yourself a special agent of God?” The question was designed, of course, to weed out certain people from the process. But the irony is that, if you’re a follower of Jesus, you actually ARE a special agent of God!

Peter quotes God in 1 Peter 1:16: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

You’re not perfect. You don’t have all the answers. You don’t get an A+ on your moral report card.

But you are set apart. You are special. You are earmarked for God’s purposes. If you believe in Jesus, you are the hands and feet of Jesus.

Our world will tell you you’re not special, not good enough, not successful enough, not good-looking enough, not smart enough, not popular enough…

Don’t believe the lies of the Liar.

You are the holy hands and feet of Jesus.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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