"Be Holy Because I Am Holy"
Coffee With Pat
In today's world so many ask the question about Holiness. God says, "we can be holy because He is holy. And we are made in the image of God." The question is raised and must be faced: But what if a person presumes on God's love and grace? What if he carelessly or willfully sins against the light he has? Can he do absolutely anything and still be held guiltless? Whenever a question like that arises in Scripture, words of warning follow. "As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who call you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I an holy.' Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear." (1 Peter 1: 14-17) Many people want firm doctrinal statements that spell out clearly just what will happen under what circumstances. They think they should have a neat system that answers all questions. But God is bigger than all our systems, and so is God's truth. The Bible message of grace is clear. So are its warnings against sin. We don't need to pinpoint the place where one impinges on another. What we need to remember is that, in essence, Christianity is a relationship, not a set of rules or a list of behaviors. A person knows, you know, whether you have turned your face or your back toward God. To use scriptural terms: You know whether you are united to the Lord in one spirit or alienated from him. So long as you and the Lord are on the same side, living godly form day one, you will understand that it will not always be easy, but always something you and your Friend Jesus can handle together.