“The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God.”- Blaise Pascal
In Chapter 2 (“The Motivation for Holiness”) of Holiness, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth admits she thinks about how hard it is to consistently maintain holiness. After all, it seems so much easier to go with the flow of our human, fleshy desires.
Therefore, Nancy explores seven powerful biblical principals for holy living. Today, she discusses the first two reasons God calls us to be holy.
1. Because God is holy. The author stresses that God intended our lives to portray His image. As a result, when people look at Christians, they see what God is like.
The good news? God’s holiness empowers us to be holy. In addition, God sets the standard for our holiness. He’s the sole source!
Yes, holiness signifies an awesome responsibility- but an astounding privilege. Cleansed from our sins and filled with the Holy Spirit, God calls us to “reflect the splendor of His holiness in this dark world.”
2. Because holiness is God’s stated goal for every believer. Nancy states that when God saved you, His ultimate goal for you focused on eternity. The apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians 1:4 that God “chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.”
Furthermore, holiness defines God’s supreme purpose for your life. It’s not secondary to any personal goals. The author summarizes:
“When I consider my created purpose and my ultimate destiny . . . I am inspired to be intentional about pursuing holiness.”
In conclusion, holiness describes our individual calling as well as our collective calling as the body of Christ.
Today’s question: How have you experienced the serene beauty of a holy life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “You watch over me”