Characterized By Holiness

ImageThroughout the Scriptures, the people of God are characterized by a particular holiness.  This distinctive purity is not due to their own efforts, but is the work of God in their midst.  Remember when the Lord said to the Israelites, “I am the Lord your God.  Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy,” (Lev. 11:44a).  Because the Israelites were chosen by a holy God to carry His holy name, they were to reflect His holiness in how they lived, worshipped, and believed. 

Likewise, the church is under this same instruction.  As the new people of God, our call to holiness is just as necessary as it was to the Israelites those many years ago.  It is helpful for us to remember that as aliens and strangers in the world, we are to abstain from sinful desires, which war against our souls.  We are to live such good lives among the lost that though they may accuse us of wrong doing, they many see our good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us, (1 Peter 2:11-12).

We live with the understanding that the great country that allows us the right to vote, the great state that gives us our Texas pride, or the great cities that allow us to raise our families is not our final destination.  We are merely sojourners passing through, but bearing witness to a risen Christ.  God has called each of us to abstain from the lusts and enticements of the world.  Our identity as the people of God is to be evident in our pure confession of Christ, our bold testimony of the Gospel, and our moral holiness before the watching world.  Nothing less will mark me or the church I serve as a true vessel of the Gospel. Over the past week my prayer has been for the moral purity of our nation and Ovilla Road Baptist Church.  For the winds of revival to begin to blow, it has to start with each regenerate member falling on their knees and asking God to do a work in their own hearts before he begins doing a work in the life of someone else.

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