Holiness

In my last post, I talked about the futility of the law in changing the hearts of people.  Laws are here for us.  That means for them to accomplish anything, we need be willing to follow them.  If we don’t want to follow them, they’re just annoying.  That doesn’t mean, if you don’t feel like following God’s laws right now, that you shouldn’t.  You definitely should.  But it does mean that your heart needs to change.  In Psalm 119, David tells God, “Your law is my delight.”  Do we delight in doing good?

If not, there is a solution.  Leviticus 20:7-8 says, “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.  Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”  Look at that.  God commands us to be holy, set apart from evil things.  That’s the law.  But it also says that He is the one who sanctifies us, makes us holy.  Without God, we can’t be holy, because He is the source of all holiness.  Thank God He doesn’t leave it all up to us.  You see, by ourselves, we are lost.  We are fallen.  We can never do enough “good” things to make it into heaven, but through His mercy and grace, we can be good again.  James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  We must make that choice to seek after God.  In order for the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit to work, we must be with Him.

On a last note, we are to be in the world.  That’s why we’re still here, and not in heaven already.  We are the light of the world.  Through us Christians, the world will see the goodness of God.  Don’t think you’re “above” going to clubs and talking to people about God.  Don’t ever think that the corner where the prostitutes hang out is “beyond” you.  We should be in those places, and we should be different.  What does the love of God look like?  Hopefully, someone will be able to look at me and see it.  Here is part of what Jesus prayed for us:

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”–John 17:16-18

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