” He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. ” – Ephesians 1:4
God’s love is at the center of our relationship with Him. It is because He first loved us that we know how to love. Calvary was the evidence of that love.
In addition to love which is the core theme of our story in our pursuit of God and His pursuit of us, we must also pursue holiness.
Since our Father is holy, we are also called to be holy. This however is not something we cannot attain on our own. It was done at Calvary through Jesus Christ for us. By His death and resurrection, His righteousness is now our righteousness and we now stand holy before the Father thanks to the finished work of Jesus.
“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. “- Hebrews 10:10
While the Bible affirms that we are holy, it also exhorts us to walk in holiness, to pursue it and to live by it. Our conduct should always reflect the holiness of God because we are His sons and daughters, chosen, redeemed and purchased at a high price.
“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy'”
When we were born again, we were offered and gladly received a new life and a new identity. Indeed, we became a new creation. With this new life comes new ways of living, new standards that we are called to embrace such as holiness and purity. Holiness is day-by-day continuous work that must take place within us. It is not so much about changed behavior. Anyone can for a time change their behavior but true holiness accomplishes a deep work within that inevitably results in behavioral changes: how we walk, talk, act and live in general. Surely behavior will change but this kind of change can only be brought on by the conviction and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Pursuing holiness does not mean that we won’t ever sin. However, sin does not have to rule over us. God’s Spirit within us will, with our cooperation, empower us to live by a new standard. So today, I invite you to examine yourself with me. Ask yourself: how have you been walking in holiness lately?
You have blessed me with the gift of a new life through Jesus Christ. I know that I can never repay what you have done for me but I pray and ask that you would help me to walk worthy of the calling you have giving me. Show me Lord how to walk in holiness. Today, I surrender myself to you and pray that your Spirit will guide me in the direction that seems right to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Leviticus 20:7; 19:2
1 Peter 1:15