118: Holiness

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I’ll bet I know what first comes to your mind when you think about holiness – guilt! Our faults seem to stand up before our face in CAPITAL LETTERS while our good points seem to hold their tongue in the shadows. When asked what our strong points are, most of us have a hard time identifying them. We tend to find it easier to see what’s WRONG with us than to see our GOOD points.

God is the only One who has no bad points. He is holy, meaning that His moral character is without flaw. He is the standard of what’s right and what’s wrong. There is nothing about God that needs improvement. He is perfect, faultless. That’s why sin is such an affront to Him.

I’m so glad that after we become God’s children through faith in Jesus, He isn’t constantly pointing out our failures. Quite the opposite. He calls each of His children a “saint”. In the original language of the Bible, the same word for saint is also translated as “holy.” Therefore, God calls each of His children a “holy one.”

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that Christ-followers no longer have flaws in our character. God knows that far better than we do, but He isn’t always berating us or shaming us into obedience. Rather, He encourages us to live up to our family name, Christian.

As a “holy one,” you are to live differently than those who don’t love God. In the same way that many women reserve their fine china for special occasions, God wants to use you for His special use. You are special, no longer common. God says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” The Bible also says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” In other words, God wants each of us to dedicate our eyes, our mouths, our hands and feet, our entire being to reflect His goodness.

Christ is not only our example, but He has given us His Holy Spirit to help us to walk in His ways. I hope this encourages to live up to your name, holy one.

Marlon Furtado

I regularly went to church as a boy, but I was not exposed to the Gospel until I was nearly twenty years old. Hearing that God loved me in spite of my behavior was new to me. In response, I received Jesus Christ and became one of His followers on September 12, 1971. I practiced chiropractic for eight years before becoming a pastor from 1986 to 2018.