I Peter 1:14-15 “…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Vashti who was the queen before Esther, was called to present herself before the king. Vashti did not obey to the King’s command and it cost her crown. She was rejected by the king, and displaced from the royal throne. The scriptures say about Vashti that ‘for she was beautiful to behold’. Her beauty did not value much when she disobeyed. She found herself out of the king’s palace.
Likewise, even if we were very holy but lacked obedience in the commandments of God, then like Vashti, we would be rejected. Our holiness will not do any good for us. He will denounce us saying that ‘I do not know you’. Obedience is better than sacrifice; this is what Samuel told King Saul. Obedience towards God will change our attitude towards others in a good way, because there is love involved. Pharisees were holy in early Christianity days, but since they did not concentrate in faith, mercy and Justice for the poor and fatherless, our Lord rebuked them. Our beauty before the Lord is important, but that beauty should come from the fragrance of our love and mercy to those who are in need. If we obey according to His commands and keep ourselves holy, that would be much more pleasing in the sight of the Lord and He will be delighted in our holiness.
Mat 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.