What do you think about when you hear the word holiness?
What about when it applies to your life? Do you feel it’s unreachable? Does it sound like an attribute that is unattainable? Does it remind you of who Jesus is?
If not careful, the image of someone being holy is imagined as being a person void of fun, plane Jane, no laughter – always serious.
Allow me to challenge your thoughts today.
- Holiness is about pleasing God.
- Holiness is about living a life that clearly demonstrates to others that YOU belong to HIM.
There is something visibly different about a person who represents holiness. You’re more charismatic. People are drawn to you. You’re always calm. Nothing seems to move you- you know what to say and when to say it. The atmosphere shifts when you arrive. Holiness is what makes you different. It is was makes you stand out.
The notion of us believing that we CANNOT be holy is contrary to what the word of God says.
Being holy is attainable. Not only is it possible, being holy is a requirement. Being holy does apply to you, because the word says, without it- we will not see God.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
It will not come easy. Holiness has to be pursued. The difference between God’s holiness and ours is that He is naturally holy while we only become holy in our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
Holiness simply means sacrificing ourselves and being set aside for Godly use.
Only a holy God can take a dirty, filthy, smelly garment- change it and call it clean enough to be called holy- for his use. Oh Jesus- I just passed out in my mind.
Really Jesus? Oh God I thank you! That’s who we were, but now look at us.
Just look at you! Ready to be used in whatever capacity.
“In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 NLT