For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7
All around the world there are many different views on how one should live his life. Each culture has a slightly different norm as to what is expected of a person in living life. Some are extremely focused on education, while others are on careers, and yet others are on family.
The one common theme throughout the world is that one lives to please self without being too separated from everyone else. If it pleases self, then it must be acceptable.
After talking about living like Jesus, Paul tells the people that God did not call them to live an impure, but a holy life.
Living a holy life is something that is different, it is being separated from the world unto God. Very few people like to be separated or different from others. Everyone wants to fit in with those around them.
In reality, the world does not have any set standards of how to live life other than to please one’s own self in whatever way that means or is needed. With that type of mindset, there is no true moral standard.
Sin does not exist according to the world, thus any action is acceptable, causing the world to live an impure, sinful lifestyle in anyway possible. Nothing is off limits.
The believer is to live to a different standard, by God’s holy standard, a pure and sinless life that pleases God. Living in this way is living on a different path than the world. It is choosing to not sin or follow the ways of this world. It is going against the flow of the world around him.
Jesus lived the expected standard, setting the example of how to live life and He gave the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide a believer to live that same way of holy living.
As a believer, you are called to be separate from the world and its ways of living. Jesus has forgiven you of past sins, so do not go back to those sins or ways of living.
Come out from among the world and live a life that is separate and holy unto God. Choose daily, even moment by moment, to reject a sinful lifestyle and be holy as God is holy.
He has given you everything you need to live the holy life, now live it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the standard God has called you to live; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in living a holy life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sinful ways of living.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–Colossians 2:22
When a person is set up to meet certain high level authorities, they are often expected to look and act a certain way. Often one has to dress up in very fine clothing. Along with the proper clothing, he must act in very specific ways.
Before the person meets the authority, he is shown and explained what is expected of him. This is to ensure that he does not make the authority mad at him.
Paul tells the Colossian church that they were reconciled by Christ so that they may be presented as pure, holy and without any accusations from past sins.
It is common to see many believers believe in Jesus just as a ‘get out of hell’ card. They want to be saved, just to keep from being sent to hell. Living with this mindset often will not change one’s actions or heart from living in sin.
Jesus did not die on the cross to just save people from hell, but to be presented to His Father. His death was a preparation to make a person holy, pure and without accusation.
Prior to His death and resurrection, every person is dirty with sin and guilty before God and all mankind. Once a person believes in Jesus, he begins to be taught what that means and how to live it.
His life is to be changed and he is transformed into a new creation, one that is pure, holy and blameless before God. Instead of staying in sin and death, he chooses to live a new life fleeing all sin.
All of this is preparation to be presented to the Father on the day of his death and step into heaven for eternity.
The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, He has started to clean you up and make you presentable. Using God’s word, you can learn how to live your life as God expects you to live it.
Satan will attempt to accuse you of past wrongs, but Jesus has paid for those sins. He has made you pure and holy, now you must live in that way.
Allow God’s Holy Spirit to train you how to live as Jesus lived, so that you will be ready to be presented as pure, holy and blameless to the Father some day.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will show you how to live holy and blameless in this world; that you will allow God to change your life; and that you will be ready to be presented to the Father.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4
One of the things most people need is purpose. They want to know the purpose for what it is that they are doing or have to do.
People will get frustrated and give up when there is no purpose or reasoning for the actions being required. Having purpose gives a person motivation to keep moving forward with what is required. It helps him keep going, when things are difficult.
As Paul opens his letter to the Ephesian church, he tells them that they and he were chosen by God to be holy and blameless before Him. This was done before the creation of the world.
When a person looks at all of the commands God has given throughout the bible, he may often wonder why they are there. All of the commands God has given are given out of love for every person. It is to guide them on how to live a holy and blameless life before God and before man.
The world looks at life and sees it as to eat, drink and be merry today, with no regard for eternity or God. Without God there is no moral standard of right or wrong that is universal. Anything goes in the moment and there is no such thing as sin.
Unlike the world, the believer has a standard he is expected to live by. This standard is God’s standard and it was set before the world was created. God wants His followers to be holy and blameless.
Being holy and blameless means one will not do any harm to any other person, nor to God. It is all about love for others and for God, the whole purpose God has for people.
Going through life on this planet, you may wonder why God has you there and in situations that you are in. Everything that God puts in your path of life is to form you into the image of Jesus, who is holy and blameless before God and man.
Learn from God how to live your life in a holy and blameless way. Instead of focusing on sin, focus upon living for God according to His standards. Living in that way will guide you in what God expects of you and give you purpose for your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will live holy and blameless before God and man; that you will find your value in Christ Jesus; and that God will strengthen you to turn from the ways of this world.