How we live everyday testifies to our faith and relationship with Christ.
If we claim to be a Christian yet act with judgement and contempt like the rest of the world we are a disgrace to our Lord.
We today are being parsed by God. God is shaking up the world yet again. What then must we do as Christians?
‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ 1 Peter 1:14–16.
Lets start here.
Many men and women continue to nurture and indulge the cravings of their flesh: lust, anger, greed, laziness, selfishness. Then many others wisely and joyfully work to put to death their remaining sin Romans 8:13. They strive to conform their conduct (all of their conduct) and all of their thinking, to the conduct/thinking of Christ Romans 8:29.
Reflect for a moment, do you do this daily? Or is your faith a hit and miss activity? There will be may so called Christians in Hell simply because they were weak and lukewarm in their faith. They live in sin more than they pray and confess and repent.
Are you caught up in the affairs of this world thinking that will save you and solve all your problems?
If we honestly consider who Jesus really is, and the reality that he is coming again we must ask ourselves what sort of men & women should we be?
God says we must be Holy men & women. We must ask Christ for help to defy and flee Temptation. Do not be self-righteous but learn to crucify your sin. Be a humble man or woman who long to live like Jesus.
To live a Holy Life will mean developing self-control. Women. If you are a young man the cultivation of self-control is of particular important. 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8. “This is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor” 1 Thessalonians 4:3–4. For our conduct to magnify and show the worth of our Savior, we must learn how to control unholy, sinful and dishonorable impulses within us. Flee sin, flee sexual immorality!
Living a Holy Life with self-control includes our bodies, our time, our spending, even our attention. Daily godliness will mean saying no (to good things as well). “Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control . . .” 2 Peter 1:5–6.
So where do you need to grow in self-control, in Holiness, in Godliness? Ask the Lord for his help in theses things as you pray today!!