When you think about the word “holy,” what comes to mind? Do you think of God? Do you imagine something that is pure or without blemish? What about yourself—when you think of the word “holy,” does your name come to mind? The bible tells us that we are to be holy just as Jesus is holy. First Peter chapter one says; “15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” What a sobering command.
While studying Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s book Holiness: The Heart God Purifies, I found myself feeling very convicted. It challenged me to take a deeper look at my walk with the Lord and examine my life in ways I don’t normally do. The bible calls me to be holy, yet I have spent most of my Christian life focusing more on other things than on becoming like Christ.
It is sad that I can spend so much time concentrating on my own entertainment or interests, while neglecting to pursue a life of holiness. I can spend time in my word and prayer each day, yet spend even more time watching Netflix or getting on social media. Now, I’m not saying those things are bad, or you have to have a ratio of 3 hours of studying/prayer for every hour you entertain yourself via different outlets—but I do want to stress the importance of evaluating where your focus lies.
Do you spend most of your time thinking about ways to serve God by serving others, being in fellowship with brothers and sisters, studying (not just reading) His word, and spending quality time with Him in prayer? Or do you spend your time thinking of ways to make you happier, feel better, and be entertained? Philippians 4 verse 8 tells us; “8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Paul gives quite a few things for us as believers to think on. Whatever we value most in our minds, we value in our hearts. We find this in Matthew chapter 6 “21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
One of the most convicting things I took from our study on Holiness was the question “Do you take holiness seriously?” My answer at the time was sadly no. Yet, the more I study, the more I learn just how important it is to cultivate a heart that pursues holiness. I have also found that the more I learn and grow, I am blessed with a deeper and more personal relationship with my Creator.
My prayer for those who are reading this is that you would take time to ask yourself that same question I was faced with. Do you take your personal holiness seriously? Do not be too quick to answer. If the answer is no, what can you do to begin your journey into holiness? The deeper fellowship that you will experience is well worth the work!
“22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,” – James 1:22a