In Christianity, Holiness is not an option, neither is it an extra-ordinary requirement. It is not an out-of-the-box expectation of a Christian.
Holiness is the normal kind of life a Christian is meant to live.
If you have the citizenship of heaven, then Holiness is your passport. Let’s check out Hebrews 12:14, “work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see God.”
Holiness is a position of separation from the world unto God. The best way to show you are holy unto the Lord is your submission – your readiness to learn. The life of David gives a vivid picture of how God deals with sin. His story is my favorite illustration of God’s mercies when we fall short.
David took another man’s wife and killed the husband, yet with a contrite heart, he won back God’s favor. Psalm 51 contains David’s prayer to God after Nathan the prophet convicted him of his sin of adultery with Bathsheba.
A teachable spirit signifies Holiness. Your ability to tremble at his word displays your humility to God.
See Isaiah 66:1-2 (NLT):
This is what the Lord says:
Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool… I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”
The good thing about God is that he is omniscient, and he knows everything. You can’t give him pretense-humility. There is no wisdom you can exercise in the presence of the Lord who dishes out wisdom. You cannot manipulate the God who created to you, just like a toy can’t outwit its manufacturer.
I urge you this day, to ask for grace to live a holy life that is totally pleasing unto God. If you find it difficult to tremble at his word, read and meditate on how mighty this God is, and try to comprehend his power. I assure you, you won’t succeed because from the first line you will catch the ‘shakes’ immediately.
This is Gospel Metropolitan!
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