The more I read, think and live, the more I believe that holiness is a community project. In Hebrews we read as much in different ways throughout the book, and the same goes true in the story we find throughout the Bible. Holiness as in becoming more what God intended us to become, in God's initial creation of us, is not abandoned by God at the fall of humankind. We catch glimpses of God's intention concerning this immediately afterwards, and then we see it come to a new beginning when God calls Abraham. This begins a new endeavor through what's to become a new community to be a light for the world, to be holy as God is holy.
Of course we need to read the whole story. Israel fails in its God-appointed task, though God always has a remnant of his people among them who remain faithful. Elijah is not left alone; even in those days of apostasy there remained seven thousand who did not bow their knees to the pagan god, Baal. And fastforward to Jesus. A remnant comes out of that as well, but from that begins a renewed light and life for the world, as at Pentecost God pours out his Spirit so that God's love, light and life may come to all people.
Holiness ends up where it begins, it is always a community project, never about simply we ourselves in our own world, but always about others as we inhabit and relate to each other in the one world we live in within the new communion and community in Jesus.
And this holiness ends up also being a community project, as we in Jesus being light in the Lord and holding fast to the word of life, shine the light of Christ doing good works and sharing the good news of Jesus to others.
Holiness at its heart must be worked out in communion with God, in community with the people of God, and out from that in mission as those who would bring others into the unique community in Jesus, through entering into and living in their community, again like Jesus.
I believe this is how we can become more holy as more and more we live out this new life together, in our Lord.
How do you see holiness as a community project and more than just one's own individual project?