TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY! The Rev. Billy Graham once said, “Holiness of life is simply the response of a loving heart to the grace and love that God has shown us in Christ. Holiness is essential for the church, if we are to live as kings and priests in the kingdom of God.” In its simplest terms we can say that holiness is just being set apart from sin to God for His service as we live our life. When we become Christians we become new creations in Christ, our sins are forgiven having been paid for in the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and we are clothed in Christ’s holiness and set apart for His service. The new found love we have found in the Lord Jesus Christ should cause us to want to live up to our position as a child of the King and serve Him in the kingdom of God.
The Apostle Peter reminds us of the responsibilities of a child of God, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy,’” (1 Peter 1:14-16 NIV). The Church, composed of all Christians throughout the world, should demonstrate holiness of life because God saved us for that purpose and tells us to live that way. It is to our shame when we fail God in this area and it is to His glory when we actually demonstrate to the world the holiness of God. Holiness should be a practical daily demonstration in the Christian’s life. But in reality to live a holy life in this world is a daily battle because of the “world, sin, and the devil”; however, God through our yielding to the Holy Spirit will give us victory and allow us to live a holy life for Him. The Apostle Peter also reminds us that Christians are, “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV) and we should all strive and take time in all our hours of every day to live like one of His holy chosen people.