Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
To be holy is to be morally pure, spiritually whole, separated from evil, dedicated to God and set apart for his purposes. It implies being close to God, aiming to be like him, living with a deep awareness of his presence and having a strong determination to do what he says. Holiness is not simply a matter of negative things we avoid, but of positive things we pursue in serving God. By focusing on what God wants us to be and do, we are not as likely to become caught up and distracted with things that we should not be doing as his children.
Above all things holiness is God’s priority for his followers (Ephesians 4:21-24) and this shown through seven things:
- Holiness was God’s purpose for his people when he planned their spiritual salvation in Christ (Ephesians 1:4).
- Holiness was Christ’s purpose for his people when he came to earth (Matthew 1:21 and 1 Corinthians 1:2 & 30).
- Holiness was Christ’s purpose for his people when he gave himself for them on the cross (Ephesians 5:25-27).
- Holiness is God’s purpose in making us a new creation and in giving us the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2-15; Galatians 5:16-25 and Ephesians 2:10).
- Without holiness, no one can be useful for highest purposes (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
- With holiness, there is no nearness to or companionship with God (Psalm 15:1-2)
- Without holiness, no will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14 and Matthew 5:8)
Today’s Bible Readings:
Leviticus 7:28-9:6, Mark 3:31-4:25, Psalm 37:12-29 and Proverbs 10:5