Holiness should be very important in the life of a Believer. Once upon a time, I didn’t quite understand the character of God, and just how set apart He is. He desires His followers to be set apart as well! Of course, He is a very loving Father who is the one who gently leads us towards holiness as we follow Him.
Recently I was looking through a book about Christian modesty, and I came across a section about holiness. I thought I would share a small sampling of the author’s thoughts here. As homemakers, our thoughts should be focused on the Lord as we go about our day.
“God requires His followers to be holy, or set apart from sinful behaviors and lifestyles. Our entire lives should be wholly devoted to serving and pleasing our God. Scripture literally states our purpose: ‘That we should be holy and without blame before Him.’ (Ephesians 1:4)
Our God requires holiness, or a separated lifestyle, in the Old Testament and also requires it today in the New Testament. 1 Peter 1:15-16 instructs us to be holy in all manner of ‘conversation,’ which in the Greek means ‘manner of life, conduct, and behavior.’ Peter was quoting the Old Testament Scriptures from Leviticus 11:44-45 and 20:7 making us aware that many of God’s principles of the Old Testament are still in effect today. Chapter 2 explores this concept in depth.
God requires holiness because He purchased us with the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the God of the living and dead and earned the right to be Lord, or ruler, over every soul through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross of Calvary. Paul said we are holy temples or tabernacles. If you will not submit to your Creator and become holy, God will destroy you. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
Living a holy life is an important issue and should be on the minds of anyone serious about loving and serving a holy God. Every man and woman has been given a conscience for the purpose of moral perception, which is to understand if something is right or wrong. When you truly believe in and accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in your life, you can now experience a clean, pure conscience that is free from corruption and fully devoted to the service of God. Thereby, you can perceive you are justified from your sins and living right before your Creator.“
-Restoring Christian Modesty by Jesse Smith, pp. 6-7
Our entire lives should be devoted to fully serving and pleasing our God. We can do this as we go about our tasks each day if we ask Him for help. Of course we are not perfect, and we will make mistakes. But we can glorify God by serving our families well and by finding ways to serve Him each day. When we serve our families with joy, we are serving Him!
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