Holiness Is What We Need
How often do we think thoughts like these: “If only the people in our church were more committed, our fellowship would grow faster... . If only our team members had more boldness in evangelism, our outreach would be more fruitful... . If only my family members had more faith, God could do miracles and meet our needs... . If only my husband would treat me with more understanding, my home life would be happier...”
Even if we don’t say it, most of the time we believe the reason why God can’t move or bless as He promised in His Word is because the fault lies with others. We are blind to our own need for greater holiness, brokenness and humility. That’s why we pray for God to change those around us when all the while, God longs to change us.
What is holiness? The meaning of holiness is described in the dictionary with words such as piety, sanctity, godliness, saintliness, consecration (being set apart), devoutness, devotion and purity.
It’s difficult for us to imagine how holiness looks in someone’s life until we realize it’s the very nature and character of our God: “I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2).
This, and many other Scriptures, tells us God is holy. If we want to know what holiness is, all we need to do is observe our God. This became possible when Jesus took on human form and walked on this earth. He lived and served God in complete holiness. This means He was wholly set apart and devoted to His Father in heaven, seeking only to do His will. That’s why He did not spare Himself but was obedient unto death on the cross.
There was no impurity, such as pride, pretense or seeking honor, in His motives, thoughts, words and actions. Neither was there any selfish ambition in His ministry nor a double standard in His private and public life.
Looking at Jesus, we come to the conclusion that holiness is living and serving God with no mixture of self-life.
To be holy is to be Christlike. That’s what God desires for us to become:
Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15–16).
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:4).
What helps us become more holy?
1. Accepting God’s correction and discipline in all those areas not wholly given to Him: “...but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).
2. Our own commitment to separation and cleansing from those things that promote self-life, such as setting our affection on the things of this world, an unwillingness to submit and seeking our own interests instead of God’s will. “Let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
What effect has our greater holiness on our ministry and others?
The holier, and therefore more pure, our walk with God becomes, the brighter the light of the Gospel shines through us—without us trying to make it happen. People will automatically encounter Jesus when they meet us. Our message will be clearer and less hindered by our self-life, drawing people to Jesus.
God will have to spend less time dealing with our selfish motives and setting our hearts right before He can use us. We will be available to serve Him whenever He chooses.
When other believers come in contact with us, they will recognize their own need to grow and change. That’s what happened when people met Jesus.
Dear Sister, because God desires holiness for our lives, let us long for it as well and yield to Him when He works on us to bring it about.
May you experience God’s love and closeness each day.
Your sister in Christ,
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