Sunday, 3 August 2014
FEATURE:: The call to holiness by Dr. Charles F. Stanley
Believers are called to be sanctified people who live holy lives.
Holiness means being set apart by God for His purposes. This
process of sanctification begins when we receive Jesus Christ as
our personal Savior, and it continues for the rest of our lives.
The Holy Spirit draws our will and longings to align with His. As
we submit to Him, we will begin to desire what He desires. With
His leading, we will choose to consecrate our conduct, our
conversation, and ultimately our character to God alone. He
teaches us how to make holiness a way of life rather than see it
as some lofty place of enlightenment we can never reach. God
has placed us where we live and work, not to be "pious" or to
isolate ourselves as if in incubators, but to reflect who Christ is
as we walk among other people. If we are in the process of being
conformed to Jesus' likeness, then the longer we live and mature
spiritually, the more others should be able to recognize the
Savior in us. Our hearts should grow softer, and our willingness
to love and serve should increase.
If we are Christ's ambassadors, then our lives must be holy;
otherwise, we are misrepresenting Him. If we are the body of
Christ, then our hands are His hands, our eyes are His eyes, and
our feet are His feet. When we allow Jesus to speak, love, and
serve through us, others will be compelled to ask why we live
such vibrant lives. All followers of Christ are called to be holy.
To answer this call daily is to embrace the Great Commission.