Personal Holiness

Colossians 3:1-3

We have spent the past few days learning about the holiness of God from his word. Because we are human, it can be confusing to think about God being holy. It leads us to ask questions like:

– what is holiness?
– what does it mean to be holy?
– what are believers to do about God being holy?
– what does scripture lead me to believe about the answers to these questions?

Many times in the Old Testament, God calls us to be holy. One time is in Leviticus 11:44 where he says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Because God is holy, he commands us to be holy. Practical holiness is our personal holiness. What does this mean we are to do?

Colossians 3:1-3 helps us understand this.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

We cannot pursue holiness apart from pursuing Christ. God calls us to be holy and set apart and to look different from the world. We can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit by fixing our eyes on Christ, which transforms us from one degree of glory to another.

“By faith and obedience, by constant meditation on the holiness of God, by loving righteousness and hating iniquity, by a growing acquaintance with the Spirit of holiness, we can acclimate ourselves to the fellowship of the saints on earth and prepare ourselves for the eternal companionship of God and the saints above.”
– A.W. Tozer

  1. Pray and ask God to show you areas of sin in your life that keep you from becoming more like Jesus.
  2. Ask the Lord how you can begin walking in obedience in those areas.
  3. Pray and ask God that he would continue to reveal himself to you and that it would lead you to worship him.

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