The Call to Holy Living

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We have heard this phrase a lot throughout our Christian walks. But have we taken a moment to consider what it really means? What does it mean to “live holy?” We are told to “be holy as He is holy” (1 Peter 1.16), but what does that truly mean?

To be holy deals with a wide variety of things that pertains to how each and every one of us lives. It could be interactions with other people (both believers and non-believers), what you do when others aren’t around, and how you interact with Jesus and perceive Him. You see, Jesus is holy (in case you missed that in your Sunday school class). As a matter of fact,  Jesus is holy, holy, holy (Revelation 4.8). Jesus is so holy that we don’t just say it once, we don’t just say it twice, we say it three times for emphasis and importance. Jesus is so worthy to be called our holy, holy, holy Lord because He is the Son of God, He is the Lamb that was slain, and behold, He is our soon coming King! Hallelujah!

We have to see how holy Jesus is before we can live holy ourselves. In doing so, we learn all the attributes He possess. We quickly see that we need to fear Him (not a “scaredy-cat” kind of fear) with reverence and awe. This fear comes from the respect we have for Him and knowing that He ultimately knows what’s best for our little human lives. God is our Father, Judge, and Redeemer. He is a Father to us because He adopted us into His family the moment we said “Yes” to His gift called Salvation. He is our Judge because on the Great and Mighty day of the Lord we will have to give an account before Him. Lastly, He is our Redeemer because He has redeemed us from the sins that entangle us. Let’s just take a praise break right here to thank Jesus for the fact that we no longer have to be bound to sin here on earth, but rather our citizenship is in Heaven with our Holy, Holy, Holy Father, Judge, and Redeemer!

Jesus is Holy because He is set apart from the things of this world. That’s what the call to Holy living is all about. To allow yourself to be set apart from the things of this earth. To not fear what your reputation may look like to others because you choose to love Jesus with your WHOLE heart. Holy living is when you choose to fear the Lord instead. God wants our whole hearts. He doesn’t want half of your heart (or half your attention) while the other half is being given to a popular T.V. series (He wants your undivided attention and loyalty).

A good friend of mine pointed out a big issue humanity has, even followers of Christ. We can get so caught up in our T.V. shows, movies, and books… And there’s nothing wrong with watching some television every now and again, but the issue is this: we binge on these things. We allow it to consume us, but not only that, we even allow it to change our thinking without even knowing it. You know that book you read that they turned into a movie where the girl gets the guy in the end and everything turns out to be a beautiful romance? Or how about the T.V. series where no matter what, when something goes wrong, there’s always that person that has the answer to everything and can somehow magically make everything better? Or what about that show where the married couple seems to never have issues with their marriage and when they do, they figure it out easily.

Friends, when we let our minds feast on these things we start to wish they would happen in our own lives. We want a beautiful romance like in the novels, we want to be able to solve problems easily, we want to have a marriage with no issues. How are we being faithful and obedient to accepting the call to live a holy life, when we are allowing all of this “non-reality” to take control of our thinking?

What we need to recognize is that we have a God that writes our life stories much better than any books, shows, or movies we watch/read. Our God is not going to write some cliché novel where it’s all going to be simple and easy. God is not just watching us through a television screen and yelling, “don’t go in there!” when a scary part of our lives comes up. No, He has a pen in hand and is writing what’s going to happen next, you just have to accept that and come into alignment with that.

What does this have to do with holy living? We can’t allow ourselves to be sucked into the flow of humanity. We have to consecrate ourselves for Jesus. Friends, we are called out of this “normal” living. It’s not just what we do in public, but also what we do when it’s just us and the Lord. John, who wrote the book of Revelation, was exiled to an island called Patmos. While he was there, there was no one else but him. He was completely and utterly alone. He had no one there to hold him accountable, he had no one there to pray over him, he had no one there to talk to about the things God was doing in His life. And guess what? He still sought the Lord. Revelation 1.10 says he was “in the Spirit of God”. He was still in tune with the Spirit even though no one was there watching him. Talk about a holy life!

Friends, let’s accept this call of holy living together. Let’s take the step and consecrate ourselves from the things of this world. Let’s encounter the Lord on a greater level together. This may mean turning the T.V. off and reading your Bible instead. It may mean getting off social media. It may mean biting your tongue when someone cuts you off on the road or takes the last box of cheese at the grocery store. But friends, let me tell you, Jesus is so worth it. He is Holy, Holy, Holy. He is the Almighty and He chooses what has Kingdom value over, “I must have my double cappuccino latte with two pumps of soy milk, one pump of 2%, 1.5 spoons of sugar, and extra whip cream,” kind of life.

Take the next several moments and listen to Pastor Aaron’s sermon on holy living. http://painesvilleag.com/exiles-in-hope  Learn the aspects of application and motivation. Learn how to apply this to your own life and start living holy for the Lord today. Do not hesitate.

Jenny Bushnell,
Writer, Blogger, College Student

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