Summary: I should be holy as God is holy - how do I do that?
A Scene from Real Life
A muscular athlete admitted, “Sometimes I’m not sure I even know how to be a holy Christian. All day long I find myself wondering what I need to do to live for Christ. It’s a lot easier to keep in shape then to be holy.”
Most of us are eager to do what’s right.
We struggle with how to live in order to be holy.
We wonder, sometimes, if the expectation is too high.
“God, please get off my case.”
The pressures of the real world are sometimes too much to deal with.
Demands. Requirements. Obligations. Expectations. Duties.
Sometimes we grow weary simply thinking about what everyone wants us to be or do.
“Get off my case world”, is one response we would like to give when it all comes down on top of us.
We can’t be all things to all people. We need a little space to just be ourselves.
God, our Heavenly Father, now tells us to be perfect.
We all encounter crushing times. Pressures build. Something must give.
Do you wonder if you can go on any further?
Do you roll up your sleeves and redouble your efforts or sprawl out on the floor and take a nap?
How do you respond when everyone is on your case for more, including God?
Let’s be honest, doesn’t it seem like God is the pushiest person in our lives.
How’s this for pushy, “ You shall be holy, for I am holy (1 Peter 1:16).”
Everyone has a request for your time. Everyone has a request for something you should do.
Matthew announced the same demanding request.
He recorded Jesus’ statement from the Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore you are to be perfect.”
We shouldn’t be surprised; God has made his requests know for a very long time.
(Deuteronomy 18:13) “You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.”
(Leviticus 11:45) “For I am the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; thus you shall be holy for I am holy.”
(Leviticus 20:7) “You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.”
(2 Corinthians 7:1) Paul says, “Let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
(1 John 7:1) John said, “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
God must become number one.
Bill and Polly with two children: Billy and Wanda.
God had a dream in which God asked him for everything he owned.
Bill had no problem saying yes.
Then God asked him for his two children.
Bill wrestled and wrestled with God before he could finally say yes.
He told God that he would always serve him, enough if it meant letting Him take his children. He wouldn’t let anything keep him from serving his God.
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Jesus helps us to understand about holy living by stating, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”