Today Pastor Ed Allen looked at another habit in the "What's Your Game Plan?" series: Uplifting God's Character. In particular, we looked at Holiness, using the passage Hebrews 12:1-14.
The Greek word for "Holy" is used many times for God and means "other than," "set apart," "utterly and completely unique." But it often is used to refer to us:
Six Characteristics of Holiness
1) Holy people are inspired by holy people who have gone before them. Hebrews 12:1
2) Holy people are focused -- specifically they are focused on what God has put before them.
This is why holy people lay aside every weight that hinders (vs. 1), and they resist sin at great cost (vs. 4).
3) Holy people recognize God's sovereignty in and over our lives.
We run the race marked out for us (vs. 7).
Difficulty will often be seen as coming from the hand of God -- for our goodness.
They will follow God no matter what comes.
They'll run with endurance, because it will take endurance.
4) Holy people know that our faith has its foundation, maintenance and sustenance in Christ.
Our holiness is His work in us.
It's not about forcing ourselves to follow rules.
That's why, as holy people, we fix our eyes on Jesus -- especially in difficulty.
5) Holy people understand difficulty as sometimes purposeful correction from God (vs. 7-9).
If we understand this, we will endure difficulty with vision (vs. 10).
6) Holy people do whatever it takes to maintain a connection to God (vs. 12-13).
Holiness can't be imposed, but it can be agreed with.
Don't give in to your weak knees! We will not be resigned to personal weakness.
Why pursue a life of holiness?
We know the alternative is death. We're a slave to one thing or another.
We know there's healing power in our holiness to change other people's lives.
What the Bible doesn't say:
Holy people have easy lives.
Holy people don't have significant problems.
Holy people always feel close to God and always know what He wants them to do.
Let's run with perseverance the race marked out for us.