Monday, 12 January 2015

I AM HOLY. YES I AM! - GOD IS GREATER THAN MY FAILURES – PART 4 OF 9



Dictionary definition of Holy:
Holy
  1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
  2. Regarded with veneration or specified for a religious purpose: a holy book; a holy place.
  3. Living or undertaken with highly moral or spiritual purpose; saintly: a holy person; a holy way of life.
  4. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
As a Christ-follower, it is important to note that our holiness is imputed – it was never earned by us.  Imputed means that your holiness is assigned to you, credited to you, or ‘laid upon’ you.  Our holiness comes from our ‘oneness’ with Jesus Christ.
There is a worship song by Matt Maher, Lord I need you and in the lyrics were the words, “Holiness is Christ in me.”  It is Christ in me who makes me holy.
We also need to note that, we are called to ‘work out our salvation’ or make our salvation count for something in this world, so we are called to ‘active holiness’.  “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
We are not to smugly sit, warming the pews, confident in our imputed holiness.  We are called to take it and let our holiness shine into this lost world.
Being holy is an action item.