My friend, may I ask you a question? If you and I want to be holy should we be comfortable being different in a holy way from those in society around us? Why are we here for that matter? If holiness is our purpose, what is God’s purpose for us in pursuit of that holiness?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
“Oh she’s just a ‘holier than thou’ sort. You know, she thinks that she’s just a little bit better than everyone else.” How often have you heard that said? Because envy is a very real source of satisfaction in our sinful society, you’re going to hear it frequently. Certainly when someone is acting haughty, proud, and vain, they deserve our scorn. Nevertheless, when someone simply acts in a charitable way and evokes this sort of jealousy, the criticism and scorn can be quite hurtful. Is there a time, however, when such criticism, fairly given, ought not to rankle us at all? I mean, should you and I be living the type of lives that set us apart from those who do not know Jesus Christ? If we are, would it not be highly likely that at some juncture we will hear this criticism and receive it with gratefulness, even satisfaction?
If you and I want to be holy should we be comfortable being different in a holy way from those in society around us? Why are we here for that matter? If holiness is our purpose, what is God’s purpose for us in pursuit of that holiness?
Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers. “Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meantime God has to atrophy them. The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the God Who will make him holy. At all costs a man must be rightly related to God. Do I believe I need to be holy? Do I believe God can come into me and make me holy? If by your preaching you convince me that I am unholy, I resent your preaching. The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it must reveal that I am unholy; but it also awakens an intense craving. God has one destined end for mankind, viz., holiness. His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy. The Atonement means that God can put me back into perfect union with Himself, without a shadow between, through the Death of Jesus Christ.” (My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers, September 1)
When you and I behold the risen Christ, the one in whom all righteousness is perfected, can we but help seeing the trans- formation in ourselves? When God scattered the seeds of His Holy Word in our hearts and the Holy Spirit went to work reclaiming and transforming our hearts for Christ, we ceased to be the person we had always envisioned ourselves to be. We are made holy in Christ and that makes us distinctly righteous in God’s sight. It’s impossible to live lives that don’t set us apart from the many who don’t know Jesus. When we look into the mirror of God’s Word we don’t see ourselves, we see Jesus. We’re not the same person any more. We are holy, righteous and that will always set us apart from mortal man. If that makes us “holier than thou” it really isn’t a bad thing after all, is it?
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are truly blessed that your holiness is our perfection in Jesus Christ our Lord. In a world that often runs away from your love, remind us Father to seek your holiness, even when it sets us apart in ways that are uncomfortable, even hurtful. Forgive us Lord when we seek union with the world for fear they might think us holier than they. If the shoe fits may we wear it well. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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