In the world we live in it is becoming more and more difficult to find those who call themselves believers and also choose to live a life of holiness. I am not talking about living like a recluse life like a monk. I am talking about becoming holy as He is holy. In my decades of ministry I have met many who call themselves “Christian” in name, but their lifestyle is anything but one that portrays Christ. Unfortunately this is becoming more and more common and the end result is causing great confusion among those who have never believed. No wonder more and more people are questioning the Christian faith.
As a Christian we are to be living a life of holiness, for we have been called to a higher standard. This does not mean that we are infallible, indispensable, or irrefutable. It does not mean that we are sinless, and incapable of making any mistakes. It simply means that we have chosen to take the higher road, to make ourselves accountable to God and those around us, to live above reproach, to walk in mercy and not condemnation, to walk in the truth of His Word, and to not give ourselves over to sinful lust and the desires of this world.
We have decided to deny self, take up our cross and follow the Christ. We have accepted the invitation of redemption through the power of His sacrifice. We have calculated the cost and abandoned our lives to Gods’ mission. We have undeniably crossed the line from the past of who we use to be, into the present of what He wants us to be. We have stepped over the obstacles and traps carefully employed by the enemy to disrupt our mission. We have successfully stood on the Word of God and in doing so become victors! We will continue to fight the good fight and run the
good race until His day of returning, or until we see His glorious face. We are compelled not by man, but by His Spirit. We are united in purpose and we are empowered by God. Yes, my friends, this is what it means to be a Christian!
How are we going to be able to go out into the highway and byways of this life and compel the lost of their need of Christ? It will not be done by blending into the backdrop of this present darkness or by trying to be more like the world to show them what they can gain in heaven. It is only done by shining the light of Christ into the darkness of men’s hearts and by making our lives a living vessel of His love and sacrifice. If those around you are having difficulty deducing whether you are a believer or not, most likely your life is one of compromise.
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and
holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”(Romans 12:1) NASB
Surely you do not believe that we are capable of living holy lives without first drawing close to the only One who is Holy? A dead or living sacrifice is useless unless it is one of pure holiness.
Is there enough convicting evidence of the holiness of Christ in you for a jury to find you guilty of being a Christian? My prayer for me and for you today is but one:
“Make my life a living sacrifice Lord, Holy and acceptable to You!”
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!