God has a calling for everyone. Each person has their own, unique calling to which Christ wants to use. However, there is one calling that we are all summoned to follow. A call to Holy Living. This is something that God has been speaking to me this past week, to really focus on. It is almost a discipline. You have to strive to be Holy, it isn’t something that just comes natural. This isn’t something that you wake up one morning and it is automatically bestowed upon you. The idea is that you wake up each and every day and “pick up your cross” Luke 9:23 and you strive to the point of exhaustion and you sweat. I picture almost a body builder who is straining to lift the weight, only we are straining to a Holy life style. God uses these images of soldiers, strong men whom are disciplined to the rigors of a Holy life. “Endure hardship with us as a good soldier of Christ” 2 Timothy 2:3.
Most people when asked what you think of when you hear the word Holy or a Holy man conjure up the image of a weak, humble man. In fact, the bible quite clearly says that the “meek shall inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5. But this does not mean meek in stature, this means meek in attitude. To be humble. How does one become a humble person? How does one reflect the character and the image of Christ? We as his disciples, and I hope that you know as a Christian you are his disciple, we ought to look like Christ. When people look at our lives they ought to see Jesus. This is not easy, I am ashamed to think of what people have seen these past few years when they look at my life, I can promise you that is wasn’t Jesus. The selfish nature that I have been wrestling with the past few years has always won out. In fact, it is impossible to be a disciple of Jesus or a follower of Jesus and not look like Jesus. “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” Luke 6:40. That is the whole point of being a follower of Christ, that we imitate Him, that we carry on his mission, that we become just like Him.
The passage of scripture that has really been speaking to me this week has been 1 Peter 2:13-25, and I hope you take a moment to look that up and really study what it has to say. So many of us neglect our bibles, we have good intentions, we have them out but we rarely open them. I hope you will open yours and take a look at 1 Peter 2:13-25 but I do want to share with you the verses that led to this post. “So think clearly and exercise self control” 1 Peter 2:13a Again the idea of striving, excercising your self control. Self control, my goodness, how difficult it is to control your thoughts, and actions, and tongue. “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8. So what then, do we just ignore it since we know we can’t control it? No, we excercise our self control, we wrestle to do good. Just prior to that in James 3:2 it says, “we ALL make many mistakes but those who can control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.” We may all make mistakes but we still strive to do good. “Obey God because you are His children. Don’t slip back into old ways of doing evil; you didn’t know any better then. But now you must be Holy in everything you do, just as God, who chose you to be his children, is Holy. For he himself has said “You must be holy because I am Holy.”” 1 Peter 2:14-16
We must be Holy because He is Holy. You see friends, this isn’t optional. There is no grey area where we can choose to be holy here and holy there. In fact, there is no grey area in anything with God. Everything is black and white. There is a right way and a wrong way, but us in our finite wisdom have introduced the grey. Our very real enemy has introduced the grey. Well but God doesn’t say you can’t do this…. We MUST be Holy. We MUST be holy. God is Holy and as His Children, we MUST be holy. God help us to be Holy!