1 Peter 1:16 it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy”
Oswald Chambers shares in his great devotion, My Utmost for His Highest, these thoughts on holiness:
We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of our lives. We are not destined to happiness, or health, but to holiness. Today, we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble and good….but in the meantime, God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The ONLY THING that truly matters is whether a person will accept the God who will make him holy. At all costs, a person must have a right relationship with God. Holiness is not something God gives me. but what God has given me that is being exhibited in my life.
We have been studying about relationships at church, this summer. Matt’s most recent sermon title was “From Holiness to Happiness”. Throughout scripture, it is clear that God is far more concerned with our holiness than our happiness. He is HOLY, and we are made in His image. Therefore, He calls us to holiness, first and foremost. Our happiness and joy, come as a result of a holy life. What does holiness look like? In my everyday life, it looks like laying down my life for those around me. It is revealed in how I manage my time. Am I choosing to walk with God and follow His ways, or am I living for myself with no regard for His plans? Every moment of my day, I am faced with the holy decision. When I recognize the power of Christ in me, I am more apt to walk in His holiness. On the other hand, when I am allowing my thoughts to be ruled by the Enemy, or by my own faulty thinking, I am prone to stumble and hurt the people around me. Doesn’t it seem far better and less costly to then “Be Holy”. It is the way of life and fullness and it is the only road that will lead us to lasting joy.
There was only one who walked this earth, that was 100% holy, that was Jesus. God equips us and empowers us to live holy lives, but it is always our choice. When I choose to be consumed by my desires and interests, then I am far less effective and usually wrapped up in myself and my needs. I make my life about me. When I choose to focus on HIM and His plans and purposes, my life naturally manifests holiness. In turn, I am interested in His people. I long to serve and be a part of community. I look to Him to fill me so that I can better love and hep the people around me.
Today, I choose to follow HIM, the one who promises to make me like Him. I choose His thoughts, His ways, His ideas. I choose to see others with His eyes of compassion, to love with His heart and to serve the way He would serve. One moment at a time, I choose to be holy.
So glad “i woke up yesterday” and discovered I am holy!