There is an expression that has been around for some time regarding the Christian ife. It is, “Christians are not perfect but forgiven.” That statement is true… Christians aren’t perfect… we slip and we sin. But, that expression shouldn’t be an excuse for us to do things that do not honor God.
We talk a lot about forgiveness and grace today… I have made numerous posts about both… and Jesus will forgive us. However, Christians should have the desire to honor God. To walk with God. We should have the desire to live Holy lives.
In II Corinthians 7:1, the apostle Paul said, “Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.”
Think about those words… “… let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit…”. Is there anything you are involved in that can defile your body or spirit? If so, you need to eliminate them.
But then notice the last part of the verse. Paul says, “… let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.”
“…because we fear God.” That means having reverence for God. Do we have reverence for God today? Let’s be honest… there is some of it but it is slipping. It should bother us when we sin.
Everyone of us are sinners saved by grace yet, everyone of us should have the desire to honor God. To live holy lives. I’m not talking about being super-spiritual. I’m talking about real, sincere obedience to God.
It is my conviction that Christians in America have slipped here. Maybe we don’t have the reverence for God that we should have. There is an old hymn goes;
“Take time to be holy, Speak oft with thy Lord.
Abide in Him always. And feed on His word.
Make friends with God’s children, Help those who are weak.
Abide in Him always, His blessings to seek.”
Today join me as we “take time to be holy.”