The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I have been confronted by the idea of personal holiness
in my recent Scripture Union reading, but isn’t holy a word we reserve for God?
It connotes sacredness. So, how can I even think of my own holiness? Because
holy means set aside or different, dedicated to God. And there’s the challenge:
How can I improve my dedication to God in EVERY aspect of life?
Almighty God, Creator and Shepherd,
I once thought that only ministers and missionaries could
give you their full allegiance.
And devotion was expressed only at church.
Now I know, Lord Christ, that you reach out to everyone,
everyone is called…
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
my voice and opens the door, I will come in…(Revelation 3:20, NIV)
It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God
plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from -
if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open…he’s doing it
everywhere, among everyone.(Acts 10:34-36, The Message)
Indeed, that is the Good News, but it prompts serious
How do I express total devotion to you? (Something far
more comprehensive than Sunday worship or the occasional service project.) What
does total devotion look like as a husband, a father, at work, in my community?
How do I bring the Kingdom to bear on those relationships and responsibilities?
It’s a methodical process of improving behavior,
committed service and concern for others. With the Spirit’s help…
must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30, KJV)
With greater humility and selflessness, may ALL aspects
of my life be consecrated to God. Amen.