Summary: This sermon is a serious call to the believer to live a holy life .It shows clearly the importance of holiness emphasising the following truths 1.CALLING 2.COMMANDMENTS 3.CASE-STUDIES 4.CONTRAST 5.COMFORTER 6.CHOICE 7.COVENANT
A SERIOUS CALL TO A HOLY LIFE
A SERIOUS CALL TO A HOLY LIFE
A holy life is a fundamental part of our calling as a Christian . God has chosen us to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation and a peculiar people . We are called to be different from the people of this world . God wants us to shine as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation . He knows the ungodly circumstances in which we live and He wants us to be an example to others. We are called to be the salt and light of this world . Salt gives taste and acts as a preservative. Light removes darkness and shows the way clearly . This is the calling upon our life as the children of God .
God has given commandments for us in order to live a holy life . He gave the ten commandments to Moses to give to the people of Israel . The very first commandment was to have no other gods before Him . He wants His people to be totally commited to Him . Seperation and consecration to God is the basis of Holiness. We are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in us. Therefore as the temple of God we must be holy. Moreover we are not our own , we have been bought with a price by the Lord Jesus and we belong to Him. Hence we cannot live our life as we like but must be careful to live a life that pleases God.
The Bible records many case-studies and examples of people who choose to live for God in the midst of ungodly circumstances . We can see clearly how God blessed them abundantly for their faithfulness to Him. The lives of Noah , Abraham , Joseph , Moses , Daniel , Shadrach , Meshach , Abednego , Cornelius and others are shining examples for us to follow . These men of God chose to live a holy life inspite of the ungodly lives of the people around them. And the Lord blessed them in a special way. The Bible also records the failures and the sins of the people of Israel to serve as a warning for us . The judgement and the punishment they received should act as a deterrent to us so that we can prevent such a tragedy from befalling us .
II Corinthians 6: 14-18
There is a big contrast between sin and holiness . They are mutually exclusive and we cannot have both in our lives. There is no common ground for them . There is no fellowship between righteousness and unrighteousness , no communion between light and darkness , no concord between Christ and Belial , no part for a beleiver with an infidel , no agreement beween the temple of God and idols. The word of God makes it clear that there are irreconcilable differences between godliness and ungodliness. Therefore the people of God have to thoroughly dissociate themselves from evil. They cannot tolerate sin and strive to coexist with it. The Lord wants us to come out from among them and be seperate and touch not the unclean thing .
The Lord has given us the Comforter ,The Holy Spirit to help us live a holy life. The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin , of righteousness and of judgement . When we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit He will work in our hearts and transform us and the fruit of the Spirit will be produced in our lives . We will develop the Christ like qualities of love ,joy,peace ,patience, gentleness ,meekness, goodness, faith, and longsuffering . We should mortify the deeds of the flesh through the Spirit. In the beginning of creation where there was darkness and void and no form ,the Holy Spirit moved over the face of the waters and God began the work of creation . In the same way The Holy Spirit is willing to work in our broken and shattered lives and do a creative work in us. When a hen broods over an egg , a work of creation takes place inside the egg and a little chick is formed. In the same way when the Holy Spirit works in our hearts a work of creation takes place and we are transformed into the image of Christ .