And the Winner Is…

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Every December, a “Word of the Year” is announced by various organizations and literary groups. Contenders for 2018’s word included “fake news, alternative facts, normalize, and taking a knee.” has announced its winner is “complicit” which means “to be involved in an illegal or questionable act.” Interest in the word complicit is reported to have skyrocketed following a satirical skit on Saturday Night Live that featured a perfume by the same name.

If a particular word can suddenly become trendy and be on every one’s lips, what about a “Word of the Year” for Christians? Is there one word that every follower of Christ should know and be quick to use? My nominee would be the word “holy,” which appears over six hundred times in the Bible. The root meaning of the Hebrew word rendered holy in the Old Testament is to cut or separate. This carries over into the New Testament where the term holy can be defined as being set apart or dedicated to God. In 1 Peter 1:15 we read, “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.”

In a world fascinated with words and their meaning, you and I need to bring back the word holy. By God’s grace, we must show others what the holiness of God is by living a life sold out to Jesus Christ! It is never too late for the word “holy” to start trending and become the believer’s “Word of the Year.”