I CHOOSE HOLINESS
Introduction: Best position for prayer – kneeling, standing arm raised, prostrate and face down. Or for the telephone lineman near by – hanging upside down from a telephone pole.
Hebrews 12:14 – pursue peace with everyone and holiness, for without it no will see the Lord.
Leviticus: “you must sanctify yourselves and be holy because I am the Lord your God”, “obedience or be spit out”.
Numbers 20 talks about maintaining holiness.
Galatians 5:18-26 … if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious … I am warning you, as I warned you before, those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God! But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith-fulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of each other.
Holiness in the Old Testament … based on God’s nature.
- Completely other from man.
- Inapproachable light.
- Fire that never goes out.
Holiness in the New Testament … based on Jesus’ nature.
- John 14:9 – Philip, if you’ve seen me you’ve seen Father.
- Completely other than man and completely man.
- Unapproachable God has put on an approachable Jesus.
- The fire that doesn’t go out continues in Jesus’ Holy Spirit.
What are the goals of disciples who seek after holiness?
- Just as Jesus wanted to honor the father, his disciples want to honor Jesus in all things – which honors Father.
- Holiness looks like people who want to be less like their human nature and reveal Jesus’ nature – heir of God.
- Holiness is people who are approachable like Jesus.
- Holiness, maintained, is a fire that never goes out.
- Holiness is becoming a stand up – stand out –disciple.
- Holiness people stand up or stand out for Jesus when we consistently choose not to fade into the crowd around us.
- Romans 5: “offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness”.
Holiness scares people, but it is a simple as becoming as unique and different in life as Jesus was in his earthly ministry.
We want our churches to be amazing, but amazing churches start with amazing people who have the courage to share amazing lives made that way by an amazing Lord.
What happens when we choose holiness?
- Psalm 93: “holiness adorns your house forever”.
- Psalm 96: “worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness and tremble before him, all the earth.
- Isaiah 29: “when they see the works of my hands, they will acknowledge the holiness of God and will stand in awe”.
- 1 Cor 1: “Jesus is our righteousness-holiness-redemption.
- Heb 12: “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” – uniqueness, approachability.