Holiness is one of the themes that’s so prevalent all throughout the word of God. We’re commanded by God to be holy (1 Peter 1:16). Moreover, holiness is such a critical matter; therefore, nobody will be able to see the Lord without it according to (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is one of the major things that the death of Jesus on the cross by shedding His blood has made it possible for us to attain (Hebrews 13:12). Evidently, holiness is not based on what we’ve done by our own merit; instead, it’s completely dependent on what Christ has done for us and is willing to do through us. Therefore, let’s take a look at this scripture below:
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
Holiness finds itself within Sanctification which is a lifelong process that every believer must go through by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is defined as “to set apart” for special use or purpose. According to the bible sanctification also means a state of separation from anything sinful contrary to scripture unto God. This is the exact process through which we glorify God by how we live by taking on the characteristics of Christ that is based wholly on bringing God glory.
The fact that we willingly choose to accept Christ as our personal savior by honestly acknowledging our sinfulness to God must become the very reason why we should live our lives according to what’s prescribed in the word of God. Our job is to please God in everything we’re doing. Truthfully, if we didn’t believe that there was something wrong with how we used to live prior to being saved, then there was no reason for us to come to Christ in the first place.
Living For Christ Must Become a Top Priority
Christ has saved us not only to give us eternal life but to enable us to live our lives for Him alone through holiness. The choice that we make regarding that matter is critical in deciding whether we truly understand the cost that He paid for us on the cross. In all honesty, we’re wretched sinners in God’s sight; consequently, there’s absolutely nothing that we could have given back to Christ that would somehow equate that tremendous cost that He paid for us. Nevertheless, all God truly wants from us is our sincere willingness to abandon the type of detestable and unacceptable life that we used to live by submitting ourselves fully to the authority of His word.
That’s only what we can do in order to demonstrate our gratitude in response to what Christ has done for us. The truth is that God is willing to assist us every step of the way through His Spirit. Therefore, we can have a firm assurance that we’re not alone in the process. By the way, God knows that we can’t make that walk within our human ability, so that’s the main reason that He sends the Holy Spirit to indwell anyone who believes in His Son for empowerment. The responsibility to seize that awesome privilege falls on our back. Let’s say to ourselves we’ll live for Christ only.