Bible Ballistics: BBs #616 A Holy Life Or A Holey Life???
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,
and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts
in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy;
16 Because it is written,
Be ye holy;
for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
We have talked so many times about living for Jesus, yet it is ever a subject that we ought to remind ourselves of, for we live in a world that is looking for people who are real and genuine in their faith in Jesus. God calls us to be a reflection of His glory, rather than to be blending in with an evil world. When temptation calls to your flesh and mine, it is never to lift us up, but to drag us down and tarnish the name of Jesus. Paul called the Philippian Christians to make a difference.
“Do all things
15 That ye may be blameless
the sons of God,
in the midst of a crooked
and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine
in the world;” Philippians 2:14-15
I would simply like to ask each of us to examine our own heart and life; are we living a ‘holy’ life? Or have we allowed the world to tarnish and destroy our light and leave the world looking at a “holey” picture, with great gaps in our purity and holiness.
Holy: having a spiritually pure quality; dedicated or devoted to the service of God….
Holey: an opening through something; gap; a hollow place in a solid body…; a cavity…
Homonyms sound the same but are words with different meanings; this is what life can also be—while many claim to know Jesus, their lives are more “holey” than “holy”! What about you and me? Is your/my life in line with the Word of God? How can you know? Well, that’s a pretty simple (not easy) thing—you must get into the Word of God! If you don’t know what God has said, you have no standard of measure by which to judge rightly. In fact, scripture tells us that very thing!
“Study to shew thyself approved
that needeth not to be ashamed,
the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
So, in conclusion, I pray that we will each examine our heart and life in light of the Word of God; that we will get into the Word so The Word can get into us! If you’re measuring yourself by the world’s standard there will come a day when that will fail you, yet if you learn to “rightly” divide the Word of God, you can put on “the armor” of God and walk boldly into a world of darkness and corruption with the truth and the confidence of the King who loves YOU! Yet remember, HIS Word IS the standard!
“For the word of God is
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
and of the joints
and is a discerner
of the thoughts
of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest
in his sight:
but all things
unto the eyes of him
we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13
As my mother often said:
“You can fool all of the people, some of the time!
You can fool some of the people, all of the time!
You can even fool yourself!
But you can’t fool God!“
Amen and Amen!