One of my all-time favorite Christian choruses has to be "Refiner's Fire" by Brian Doerksen. I absolutely love the lyrics and I must say that this part always makes me tear up:
My heart's one desire Is to be holy Set apart for You, Lord I choose to be holy Set apart for You, my Master
Before that song came out in 1990, I hadn't really thought about what the word "holy" meant. To be honest with you, I kinda thought it meant being religious. I'm embarrassed to admit that now, but that was about the sum of my knowledge. I was a church goer and a Bible reader, I had Christian friends, and I taught Sunday school. That was my definition of "holy."
I later came to realize that being holy meant that we are dedicated to the Lord and set apart from all things impure:
"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:15-16)
The word "holy" in the Greek translation is hagios coming from the word hagnos, which is defined in Strong's Concordance (G53) as:
- exciting reverence, venerable, sacred
- pure a) pure from carnality, chaste, modest b) pure from every fault, immaculate c) clean
In the same way, it's a beautiful thing when a husband and wife live in holy matrimony ... when a man and a woman are dedicated to each other and set apart from anything that could destroy or damage their marriage.