The Book You Can Trust: Start Some Holy Habits
Habits shape our lives; and little by little, our habits are cementing us into a form that will someday be finished, revealing us for who we really were.
What kind of habits do you have today? And what are those habits making of you? Do you have some consciously chosen holy habits that are conforming you little-by-little, into the image of Christ, through His Word and Spirit?
Please open with me to II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: " I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." 17 Therefore " Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 " I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty." 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Think of the context of these words. To the believers that Paul:
- explained the Christian life as a race; and
- encouraged them to strive all their life long for the crowns; and
- reminded them that every single believer would some day stand all alone before the great Bema seat of Christ; and
- warned how all believers are headed for a life's work analysis performed by Christ Jesus Himself—
From that very same Apostle Paul, we get the clearest marching orders for living the life that God rewards by grace.
Paul concludes that based on the character and commands of God in His Word, we can have a life that doesn't burn up, and a life that won't cause us to weep at our loss (I Corinthians 3). That life is one that has cultivated holy habits, energized by God's grace (Titus 2:11-13), in order to reap a harvest of the eternal fruit God rewards.
To live a life that lasts, to gain rewards that survive the fire, and to receive and unfading crown, Paul says the key is a series of habits in holiness that are energized by grace.