King James Version (KJV)
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Don't Try. Be.
John reminds us that "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1). Jesus has always been the Word of God. Jesus came to Earth completely unblemished and took on all sin to restore humankind to the Father. Period.
As Jesus entered His earthly ministry, He set a path for those of us who would become followers. He never gave possibilities or generalities. Jesus gave specifics. There was never 'think about believing' but believe. He never said 'according to the general gist of your faith...' but 'according to it, be...'. Jesus dealt in absolutes.
And so should we.
We can spend alot of energy justifying our actions and our resistance to living holy. We'll compare ourselves to other people. We'll measure our mistakes against how we see others' mistakes and make sure that we always come out in the 'not that bad' category.
But that's not our call. Jesus didn't tell us to be holy as a general sort of direction. We were told to be holy because holiness is available...to us...now. But, like salvation, we have a decision to make.
The Holy Spirit is available to lead believers in all righteousness. He has to be received, and followed. If His guidance is the path of holiness, then the path without Him isn't. There's no opinion. There's no interpretation for context. It's walking a path obediently, or disobediently.
This isn't a call to condemnation. It's an offering for clarity. We get so many messages..self talk in our heads, television, radio, work, email, co-workers, family, friends, enemies...seems like everyone and everything is vying for our attention that it gets hard to hear, see or understand. If we lump the clear voice of God on this heap, it's really easy to start filtering what He says through our justifications and clarifications, as if God needed help saying what He means.
Holiness is a choice. We can be holy or not. So we make a choice. Some days we get it right. Other days, not so much. But it doesn't change the choice. It just removes the excuses for why we're not. Once discipleship gets that clear, it's easier to dismiss the distractions and walk as we're called...in holiness.
The Church at Laodicea was called out in the book of Revelation for being neither hot nor cold (Revelation 3:14-16). If we're cold in God, He is ready and able to fire us up. If we're hot, we're already following after the Holy Spirit. But lukewarm is no place to be in Christ. Lukewarm is being nothing. Be hot. Be cold. Just be something.
And, if I may suggest, BE holy. Don't try to be holy. Don't strive to be holy. Don't work on being holy. Just be holy. Will we come up short? Yep. But that's what grace is for.
You can do this. So can I. The Holy Spirit will lead, comfort, correct and console. Let's get beyond trying. Let's be.
King James Version (KJV)
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
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