Holiness is a privilege, not a burden (Focus part 4)
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 reads, “therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Yes, we live in this world but we are not to be like them. The separation mentioned in the above verse speaks of holiness. The cleansing blood of Jesus gives us the ability to be holy. Even though we were once sinners, Christ came and shed His blood for us. He forgave us of our sins and told us to be holy as He is holy. What a privilege! Too often we look at the call to be holy as a burden when it is truly a privilege. In simple terms, holiness means being set apart, being pure in every area of our life including our speech, our dress, our actions etc. We try in so many ways to fit in with the world instead of standing out. Walking in holiness is a sure way to separate us from the world and all its ways. Those that are seeking truth will be attracted to holiness which in turn opens the door for us to share the good news. But if we are speaking like them, acting like them, what hope do we have to offer? Too often those looking for hope and a better way only see a reflection of themselves when they look at us. What a great tragedy. Let us refocus, and embrace the call to be holy!
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.