“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” (I Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV)
” Give cheerfully to others.” Sure. “Don’t steal or kill.” Of course, too easy!
“Be holy”. Wait, what?
We try to avoid discussing this command all too often.
Our human nature would always desire things contrary to what God wants. It would always crave for self satisfaction, pride and personal gain, even at the expense of violating God’s laws.
It is only when we have truly encountered God that the struggle begins.
Struggling is an initial sign that we don’t easily give in to sin and temptation like we used to. There is now a war within.
Our revived spirit now wrestles with our flesh.
Our response to His call starts with a RENEWED DESIRE. Holiness begins with a desire to please God, not out of dreadful fear, but because we have learned to love Him after we have experienced how great is His love for us.
It is followed by GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS. Holiness is not making perfect decisions all the time; for it is impossible for us not to sin in this fallen world. But this time we now consciously avoid what God hates, and immediately repent when we fail Him.
When it matures, it results to DYING DAILY. This is the stage where we decide to starve our flesh of its lusts. We lessen activities that weaken our spirit. Instead, we feed our spirits with the Word of God, with fasting, and with prayer. We now learn to subdue (control) our bodies through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
“…that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel (body) in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; (I Thessalonians 4:4-5 NKJV)
Following Christ is not a walk in the park, it is carrying our crosses daily.
The calling is costly, because the price He paid for our salvation is costly—the most precious blood of the Son of God.
Today, Jesus is calling you to be holy. Will you respond to His call?