Why 2B Holy?

Why 2B Holy?

If we are free in Christ….why do we need to bother with holy living?
If we are not under law….why should we be holy?

It is true that we are set free by grace through faith in God. And that we can’t do anything to earn our salvation. But holy living is not about trying to save ourselves. Holiness is our way to love God back. Holy living is about acting out our love for God. It cost God plenty to save us. Grace is free but far from cheap and we should not treat as such either.

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. (1 Peter 1: 18-19, MSG)

Holiness is our response to God’s grace. We love God by living God’s way, by becoming holy as he instructs us. The opposite is living our own way, discarding God’s guidance and God’s will. But we know that selfishness leads to destruction, unhappiness, and restlessness. God always gives back more than we can ever give to him. God always loves more.

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.”(1 Peter 1: 14-16, MSG)

God calls us to be holy. But even holiness really is the Holy Spirit living within us. If we let ourselves be pulled into holy living our lives will be so much more. Holiness is God’s grace working in us. Seeking holiness in our lives is our way to hug God and embrace his grace fully. We don’t do it because we have to. We don’t do it because that way we’d earn salvation. We do it because we love God! It’s -once again- not about us but about God and his amazing grace. We surrender to God and -by grace of God- we are being changed into likeness of our Master Jesus Christ.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for your amazing love
and infinite grace!
Thank you for saving us!
Thank you for pouring our grace upon grace!
We love you!
Come and live in us,
change what needs to be changed.
We want to be like you!
Make us holy like you!
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: What’s your approach to holiness? Why bother?

Blessings to you, dear fellow pilgrim, on your way to holiness!

Image courtesy of Emmanuel Carrizo This post is part of What’s On Your Heart Tuesdays Blog Hop.

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