That’s a joke in case you were wondering. I’m not that arrogant. But, there is a way to be holy as HE is holy…and I’m definitely not there yet. Read on…
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other. Whoever has a complaint against another; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful. Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you with all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”Colossians 3:12-17
Late last night I felt the need to pray. I didn’t know what for, other than just to be in God’s Presence. The more I know Him, the more I read the Bible, the more I love Him and long for His closeness. I long to be near Him, though my flesh many times gets in the way and tries to distract me. But, last night I was praying that God would show me how to be holy. Have you tried to be holy? Have you noticed how hard it is?
If you ever need a dose of humility, go through your day and try to count how often you had a foolish thought (“Even the thought of foolishness is sin.” – Proverbs 24:9) or a sin (ignorant or willful). You will be brought low very quickly. Every day I need a Savior. Every day.
So I asked, Lord how do I become holy like you are? I have no good in me but You! My heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! I think I have an understanding now of why Paul wrote this in his letter to the Romans:
“O wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”Romans 7:24
Thank God for Jesus Christ. Thank God for His indwelling, His abiding, His Holy Spirit. As I was praying, I asked Him, “Lord, how can I be holy? You have to teach me.” This afternoon I read more of Colossians (as my pastor told us to read Colossians) and found the answer. Of course without faith, we can’t please God – we can’t be holy without Christ.
His blood shed on the cross for us reconciled us to God when we were separated from Him. His sacrifice brought us into right standing with God if we put our faith in Him (“It is by grace you have been saved through faith…” – Ephesians 2:8). But, to continue in partnership with Him as He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13), we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Colossians 3:12-17 gives us the framework for holiness.
- Put on compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience – I’ll be on this one for the rest of my life.
- Bear with one another and forgive each other – Boy do I need help with this one. How often do we hold a grudge, and for how long?
- Put on love – it is the glue that holds us all together.
Notice these are things we choose? And many are like putting on clothes? That means it doesn’t necessarily come from within us. It’s not in our human nature (our sinful nature) to be compassionate, kind, gentle, or patient. It isn’t in our nature to love – we are great at loving ourselves, but not others. We need to put these things on every day. It’s a choice. Continuing on:
- Let the peace of Christ rule – Are you feeling as low as I am right now? Peace definitely doesn’t rule at all times in my heart. How about you? Oh God, help us in our weakness!
- Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you – “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
- Sing with thankfulness in your heart – I need help with this, too. Sometimes I’m singing a song and have no genuine feeling behind the so-called praise. I need to ask God to help me in the thankfulness area.
- Do all in the name of the Lord – How often have I done things (whether in His name or not) and have muddied it? Forgive me, Lord.
- Give thanks through Christ to God – 3 times this verse says to be thankful, give thanks, or thanksgiving…Guess it’s important, eh?
These are the things we must add to our lives to be holy. I know, it seems impossible. I can just imagine Jesus smiling at that, though. He would remind us, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Be blessed, and be holier than…me. 🙂 <><