The gift of His holiness in you
“God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love being around people who are new to their relationship with Christ. As they discover the power of Christ in them, the gift of His loving grace can explode with joy and power.
A young woman I know recently shared how sex had been her main source of pleasure and acceptance before she became a believer in Jesus. After coming to Christ, and realizing she is now in Christ, things began to change. She had a difficult time with sexual purity at first, but she really wanted to give that part of her life over to Him. Several months later, she shared with her small group. “I have a special announcement. I celebrated my one-year anniversary of chastity! God did it!”
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are,so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”– 1 Corinthians 1:28-31
Wow. Before she understood that God had placed her in Christ, she couldn't be free on her own. But now He is making her holy as He lives His life through her. As a result, she will be set apart and He will use her in unbelievable ways.
That’s holiness. Holiness means to be set apart, to be distinct, pure, and different. Christ has become your holiness. And it’s just one more of the many gifts of Christ that just keep on giving.
Jesus, will You reveal to me today just one area of my life that You want to change? I know that I cannot change this on my own, so by faith, and because I am in You, I receive the gift of holiness that You are offering me in this area. Thank You! Amen.
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