The Pursuit of Holiness – Day 16

As believers we are instructed to live a holy life in this unholy world.  God does not remove us from the world the moment we become a Christian.  He wants us to be lights in the darkness, pointing others to Him.  James 1:27 instructs us to “keep ourselves from being polluted from the world”.  And 2 Corinthians 6:17 says to “come out from them and be separate”.  It is possible to choose a different lifestyle from those around us who are non-believers.  Jesus does not want us to completely remove ourselves from connecting with them.  He expects us to show the world His love and forgiveness in the hope that others will repent and turn to Him.

So how do we do this?  Psalm 119:9-11 “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  It is through God’s Word, hidden in our hearts.  We live by His standards, recalling His instructions that we have read and carefully memorized.  This is why it is so important to spend daily time in His Word.  Our minds will be cleansed from the worldly influences that we are exposed to.  We also need to pay special attention to what we are putting in our eyes and ears.  What is planted in our hearts will grow.

Matthew 5:13-16 ” ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ ”

Our purpose in living a holy life dedicated to God holds a responsibility of leading others to Christ.  A primary concern we should all have is the eternal destiny of those around us.  Our job is to lead others to Christ by loving and serving them.  Our job is not to become judge and jury, pointing out their sinful behavior.  Let the Holy Spirit do His job.  Our concern is sharing the way of salvation with them.