Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Called to be Holy, Not Perfect~

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done 
but because of his own purpose and grace. 
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time...
~2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV)

If you were to thumb through a thesaurus in search of synonyms for the word holy,
you would soon discover perfect did not make the list.

Synonyms you would see listed (just to name a few) are:

beautified
blessed
chaste
consecrated
devout
god-like
pious
pure
redeemed
resurrected
righteous
upright
virtuous

But, not perfect.

Look twice.  Look three or fours times if you want.  It's not there.

And yet, in our human way of thinking, 
holy
and perfect are often thought to be one in the same.

What a misconception!
What a sneaky way for Satan to keep us caught up in the rat race of trying to "be" and trying to "do".
What a ingenious way for the enemy to keep non-believers believing they'll never measure up,
and to keep them asking "why should we even dare to believe in Jesus or try to follow in His footsteps?".

What a tragedy when we fall for this lie.


For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.  
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
~Colossians 1:19-23



In Christ, we are holy.
In Christ, we are blameless.
In Christ, we are righteous and in right standing with God.
In Christ, we are beautified, blessed, chaste, consecrated, devout, god-like, pious, pure, redeemed, resurrected, righteous, upright, and virtuous.

Not in our good deeds, not in our "measuring up",  
not in our being perfect.
Our holiness is found IN CHRIST and Christ alone.

But, our holiness in Christ, does not get you and I off the hook when it comes to the way you and I choose to live our life. Once we are walking "in Christ", Christ calls us walk in His holiness.

Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. 
You didn’t know any better then; you do now. 
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, 
a life energetic and blazing with holiness.
 God said, “I am holy; you be holy.  
You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. 
But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
~ 1 Peter 1:14-17 (MSG) 

  
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
~ 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NLT)


In CHRIST, we are called to be holy.
To be holy, we must be in CHRIST.

No, perfect and holy are NOT one in the same,
but holy and "in Christ" most definitely are.

 In CHRIST, we are . . . called to be holy, not perfect.








 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Stacy! So fun to find your blog today!

    This is such Good News, and you are right to tell it. I am a huge perfectionist and can drive myself completely crazy. So bad! Perfection is for God, not for me!

    If I am with him, I will be holy. I liked that line!
    So good to meet you today! I hope we can be good blog-friends :)
    Ceil

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