Summary: The way to personal holiness.
Reading: 1 Peter 1v15-16
Modern day television programs have taught us the wrong way to deal with relationships,…how to deal with our money,…what we should and should not value,…and how to evaluate what is right or wrong.
In other words,…our culture is becoming more and more a mirror image of what is seen on the television screens.
However,…we as Christians have been called by God to become more like Christ,…not like the people we see on TV.
In fact,…God actually commands us to become more like Him in 1 Peter 1v15-16,
“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, "You must be holy because I am holy.” (NLT).
In other words,…God wants us first to be holy,...and then to act holy.
Yet there are many temptations and almost irresistible sensual enticements standing between us and our goal of personal holiness.
It’s not easy,…but God says it s attainable,…because if God commands us to do something,…then its possible to do it in the power of His Holy Spirit.
God doesn’t expect you and I to do it in our strength.
God’s grace and His Holy Spirit will be there to assist us and to give us the power to accomplish His will for our lives to live holy lives.
…yet many people are not living holy lives because they have never resolved in their hearts to obey God’s command.
That’s why A.W Tozer once said, “The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress, is because they have not yet come to the end of themselves…”.
…but lets not beat around the bush - it will cost you much to achieve God’s goal
I want you to imagine the following scene.
You’re going for the most important job interview of your life.
You’re nervous,…because in just a couple of moments,…you are going to walk through that door and have one of the most important job interviews of your life.
In your hand you’re holding your all-important CV,…and in the other hand,…you’re holding onto some of your best work samples.
The interview seems to be going well,…until the vice president of the company asks you to write down three or four words that best describes who you are as a person - outside of work.
To your total surprise,…he pulls out a few files of letters written to him by your family and some of your best friends,…describing what kind of a person you are.
He had asked them the same question about you.
Now,…for a moment,…think about what your closest friends and family would have said about you in only three or four words?
“Would any of them have described you by the word HOLY?”
“Would they have even thought about that word?”
The word “Holy” seems to be such a foreign word these days,…isn’t it?
I’m sure if we went into the streets and asked people, “What does the word HOLY mean to you?,…you will hear all sorts of wonderful things.