Our offering up of ourselves unto God cannot be rendered when there is a commingling of the sacred with the profane. The offering, then, becomes unacceptable and unworthy to lie before the presence of a Holy God. The Apostle Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians,
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’ Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God…” (6:14-7:1).
And Paul also says previously in 1 Corinthians,
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are…” (3:16,17).
as well as,
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…” (6:19,20).
However, none of these instructional statements can stand without the command to holy living first coming from the King Himself. God instructed Moses in the Book of Leviticus to speak unto the people of Israel and say,
“For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves…ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy…Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy…Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you…” (11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7,8).
There is a continual thread within Scripture that addresses holiness as the standard of living within the economy of God’s Kingdom. It is not a popular topic as it calls for us to release some things that can be detrimental to our walk with Christ. It is not a crowd-pleasing subject as it calls for us to make decisions which we would not otherwise make on our own. It causes us to make decisions from a devotional stance as opposed to an emotional stance.
Out of our devotion to God and His Kingdom principles, we make a conscious decision to subscribe to a holy lifestyle. Left to our own devices, we would continue to straddle the fence. However, there is a clarion call to worship found in the Book of Joshua,
“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods…and serve the Lord…choose ye this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord…” (24:14,15).
What will you do?…#thinkonthesethings
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