We don’t talk about holiness much today. We talk about grace, and I believe strongly in it… but we don’t talk about holiness much yet, the Bible clearly teaches we are to live holy lives. When we ask Jesus Christ into our hearts to forgive us of our sins, we are committing ourselves to holy living.
Now, does that mean we will be perfect? No. But, it does mean we have the desire to live holy lives. Paul talked about this. As Paul wrote Timothy he said, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (II Timothy 2:22).
Notice Paul says “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts…” We live in a sex-saturated society. Our thoughts can run wild. Paul is telling us to stay away from anything that stimulates lusts. Instead, Paul challenges us to “pursue righteous living… ”
What does it mean to pursue righteous living? It means to guard our mouths. Our mouths shouldn’t be filled with profanity. It means to be careful what we watch on TV. It means to be people of integrity and honesty. It means to be people of our word.
It doesn’t mean to be “holier than thou.” It doesn’t mean to become judgmental. It doesn’t mean that we should become “fruit inspectors”… judging to determine how much of the fruit of the spirit is evident in someone’s life. Instead it means, for the fruit of the spirit to be evident in our lives.
Mother Teresa said, “Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”
None of us are perfect. But, there should be the desire in our hearts to live holy lives. Not judgmental lives… Not critical lives…. But holy lives.
Strive for holiness today.