Walk it Out
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a lot of things begin to change. We no longer live for ourselves, but we live for God. It is true that He imparts righteousness to us by faith when we give our lives to Christ. However, it is also true that He expects us to begin to modify our behavior as a result of this gift. The Word of God says that He chose us to be holy in His sight. Once we truly understand that we have been given the gift of righteousness, we should begin walking in holiness.
To be holy means that we are to be pure or, like the scripture above suggests, be blameless. Can we live that way? The answer is, “Absolutely!” God would never ask us to be something that is impossible. Maybe this would have seemed unattainable in our old state, but now through Christ we have obtained this possibility. The secret to living this Christian life victoriously is realizing that we can never attain anything God expects unless we rely on Him. The truth is that we can’t be holy in His sight without His help.
The Word of God talks about legalistic righteousness. I remember reading the Apostle Paul’s account of his old life in the book of Philippians. He stated that he was legalistically righteous. Furthermore, in regards to this type of righteousness, he said he was faultless. That puzzled me for a long time. I didn’t think anyone could do that. Then the Holy Ghost helped me understand what he meant. Paul wasn’t perfect or pure as a Jewish Pharisee. No, he sinned just like the rest of us. But what Paul did do was make the appropriate sacrifices that were required by the law. Even being legalistically righteous, as Paul put it, wasn’t enough. He still wasn’t holy.
Understand that only God can make someone or something divinely holy. He is the One who sets us apart and He is the One who sanctifies. Only through the blood of Jesus can we be washed, made clean from our sins, and declared righteous. So what happens when we sin? Simply put, we defile ourselves. If we stay in our sin, we won’t live up to God’s expectation. Then how do we live a holy life? We do it by living a life of humility and repentance.
If we mess up (and to some extent or another, we all will), we should run to God. We may feel like doing just the opposite. We need to come to Him to ask for forgiveness with our minds made up that we will not fall the same way again. Here’s where the miracle takes place. Although your sins may be as red as blood or scarlet, God will make you as white as the driven snow. The Lord will purify you. He will make you holy. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect or never mess up, but He does expect you to rely on Him. He also expects you to learn from your mistakes and to be in a continual state of growth, not falling to the same temptation over and over again. Always remember not to run from God, but to be quick to repent, learn from your mistakes, and get back up again. God never intended for you to do it on your own. You can be holy because He’s the One who makes you holy.
For God did not call us to be impure, but
to live a holy life.
—1 Thessalonians 4:7
Make every effort to live in peace with
all men and to be holy; without holiness no
one will see the Lord.
But just as he who called you is holy,
so be holy in all you do; for it is written:
“Be holy, because I am holy.”
—1 Peter 1:15-16