BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:32

Virtues of the Kingdomof God: HOLINESS

1Peter 1: 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

The Lord God is holy. Everything He has or does simply is perfect, pure, and full of divine meaning and purpose. There isn’t a slight shadow of something unclean or evil – no darkness, John writes. His very nature is holy and perfect in goodness and righteousness. We are commanded in 1- Peter to be holy because God our king is holy. We are expected to reflect His holiness pointing people to His kingdom that is open to anyone who chooses to enter in. Sometimes people dream of escaping to such a place where there is no violence, corruption, backbiting, fear, stress, worries, or problems – a perfect world. The Good news is – there is such a place available for everyone. God’s kingdom, we know – only holy people will live there surrounded by the holiness of God. Perfect place for perfect people. Well then, it must be a lonely place you might say, for who can qualify? Yes, none of us can qualify – we all fall short of the glory of God and His holiness and standards. Yet, there still will be a countless number of people there. God have provided a way to transform the corrupt, imperfect humanity to a completely pure and sinless people.

Let us focus a little on the life we ought to live, to reflect the holiness of God in our daily life. When God makes us holy, He does it for a reason. Everything He does has its own divine reason and purpose and we ought to be diligent to stay within that purpose. When we are born into His family we receive a calling and an inner desire to serve God, belong to Him, and never leave Him. From that point on we must consider ourselves and everything we have dedicated to God. Everyone around us should notice a radical difference in the way we speak, dress, the way we conduct ourselves, and our manners. Everything we do must have a divine meaning.

In other words, to be holy is to be completely consecrated unto God for a divine purpose and service. Our daily life is an ongoing process of sanctification and dedication.

We should not allow anything into our life that is dark, filthy, perverse, ungodly, provoking, or offensive. To maintain the ability to walk through the filth of this world with its lusts and snares undefiled – we must keep our eyes focused on the one who made us holy. This holy gaze at God truly works miracles in our life; we begin to reflect His holiness without even trying.

Consider with me the things that we do- are they all for the glory of God!  In Rom 14:21 God expects even such things as eating or drinking to be for His glory. Do you consider if God delights in your lifestyle?  Does God enjoy your music or the movies you watch? Would He delight in seeing you browsing the internet or wasting time playing games?

Many people falsely think that God doesn’t care of the many things that we do. It that was so, He would’ve probably said something like: “Be holy, Go thy way.” However, He precisely instructs us how and what we are to think and do, when and what to say. In fact, when we go our own way we go further and further from His holiness and many times we do chose our own way. That is why every child of God who is committed to holiness, must to go trough sanctifications over and over again until we see Him face to face.

It would be not right if I just stop here and not point to the one who sanctifies us. Jesus! His blood washes away our sins – big or small – when we see them as He sees them. God declares a person Holy the very same moment anyone looks at Him with faith that Jesus by His death and resurrection paid the price for their sins. The very same moment when we confess and repent and choose not to sin again, we become perfectly clean. There are times when we loose focus, stumble or fall – that is why it is crucial to come to Him every time, every day in sincere repentance so we can continue the holy life for the king of kings and Lord of Lords! Such things as accountability, spiritual support, prayer and confessions are a big help in the process to stay on track. You and I are called to a holy life for our Holy God! When this life ends we will be welcomed residents of His kingdom.

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