by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday July 23, 2005
The Call to Holiness
Believers are called to be “sanctified”—to live a holy life. Holiness means that a person is set apart by God for His purposes. This process of sanctification begins the moment we receive Christ as our Savior, and it continues for the rest of our lives.
The Holy Spirit draws our will and longings to align with His. As we submit to Him, we will begin to desire what He desires. (Psalms 37:4) With His leading, we will choose to consecrate our conduct, conversation, and ultimately our character to God alone. He teaches us how to make holiness a way of life rather than seeing it as some lofty place of enlightenment we can never reach. God has placed us where we live and work, not to be “pious” or to live in incubators, but to reflect who Christ is as we walk among other people. If we are in the process of being conformed to Jesus’ likeness, then the longer we live and mature spiritually, the more others should be able to see the Savior in us. Our hearts should grow softer; our willingness to love and serve should increase.
If we are Christ’s ambassadors, then our lives must be holy; otherwise, we are misrepresenting Him. If we are the body of Christ, then our hands are His hands, our eyes His eyes, and our feet His feet. When we allow Jesus to speak, love, and serve through us, others will be compelled to ask why we live such vibrant lives. Holiness is our calling. To answer this call daily is to embrace the Great Commission.
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