Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So You Want to be Holy?

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

As a Christ follower, I want to be holy. I bet you do too, right? Typically, we think of holy in terms of righteousness. In other words saintly, godly, pious, devout. In the biblical languages, the word holy means, to separate. The etymology of holy can be traced to words, which mean, to cut. Think of it as a cut above. God is holy in that He is separate, a cut above, all that He has created. 

When you live a holy life, those around you will see it and hear it. Holy living will make a difference in the world. There was a time in history when men thought being holy [separate] meant to isolate yourself from the world, so they lived in monasteries. Their holiness was not visible other than their clothing and poverty. 

I’m suggesting that our holiness be lived out for all to see. Holiness is not something you put on for Sunday morning worship when you are isolated from the world. Let your holiness be seen; you are a witness for Christ. In that sense, holiness is very practical. Since you are a cut above…

Be faithful to your spouse
Be the one who refuses to cheat
Be a neighborly neighbor
Be the one who works without complaint
Be the one who pays what you owe
Be joyful in spite of the difficulties in life
Be the one whose walk matches his talk

The world is watching and listening. Be holy!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

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