Inspiring women to pursue holiness.
That’s my tagline of this blog, yet I’ve never come outright and talked about it.
Why does holiness even matter? Isn’t it unattainable? I mean only Jesus was perfect and holy, right?
Add to the fact that I don’t want to offend a reader or deal with a nasty comment or email. I can get a little passionate and so I’ve let it alone.
Why am I so passionate about it?
Holiness should be the driving force in our lives.
Without pursuing holiness as a goal in our Christianity we are merely a pharisee wanting to be seen of men while having no real faith of our own.
While holy and holiness have their own definition for the Lord, we also have a set apart definition that we need to take to heart.
According to Websters 1828 holiness is purity of heart or dispositions; sanctified affections; piety; moral goodness, but not perfect.
Holiness is something that we are continually striving for. I love how Paul puts it in Corinthians (emphasis added):
2 Corinthians 7:1 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.
When we become compliant to sin, when we make exceptions when we bend our standards to fit in, when we are slack in our parenting, child training, and homeschooling we are slacking off in our perfecting holiness. When we let sin and compromises in, we aren’t perfecting holiness.
When we stop pursuing holiness we are one step closer to becoming that used-to-be-Christian.
Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (emphasis added)
When did it become a taboo in the Christian circle to say and live a life that says “hey, I want to be holy and set apart!” When did it become frowned upon to wear modest clothes, not go to movies or listen to CCM? Since when did fitting in with modern America become more important than being like Christ? When did we start becoming ashamed of our Christianity?
1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We are sanctified and set apart to be used for the Master’s use (2 Tim 2:21). Not our own. It doesn’t matter if Sally, who lives a chic sophisticated life and lives in the biggest contemporary house you’ve ever seen, wants to be your friend or not. What matters is glorifying God and living up to His standards. We’ve become so consumed with what this world has to offer that we take our salvation and Christianity for granted. I’ve watched so many of my childhood friends either abruptly leave the faith at the age of 18 and I’ve also watched my fair share of those who slowly made compromise after compromise leave the faith. It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you go, if holiness isn’t your end goal if your heart isn’t aligned with the Lord then sooner or later you’re going to be a used-to-be-Christian.
I’m tired of being silent, I’m tired of questioning my standards because I see those around me giving up theirs. I’m tired of being more concerned about what my cool friends think than what God thinks. I want God to be the center of all that I do. So while it may be uncomfortable to walk into a room full of Christian women and be the only one there in a skirt, I don’t need to be shaken. I can stand firm on my own conviction and know that what I am doing is what God wants for me which is that I want others to know and see right away that hey, there’s something different about that lady. I recently have struggled with a lot of my convictions as I’ve seen so many leave the faith lately or at least radically change their convictions. I’ve wondered if what I am doing is right or worth it or if am I standing firm on an issue that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. And after many discussions with my husband, the preaching of different pastors and through the Lord giving me encouragement through other events in my day to day life, I know what is right for me and I don’t have to be swayed because of the popular crowd. And wouldn’t you know, a month or so later someone asked what church I attend simply because he could tell I was a Christian because of my long skirt. That right there was a blessing from the Lord to not be moved by culture, a blessing the Lord knew I needed.
Holiness. My driving force.
I am determined to pursue holiness in all areas of my life.
Whether it’s popular or not. Because pleasing the Almighty should be our end goal. Having a Christ-centered home, life and marriage is nothing to be ashamed of.
I can pursue holiness with boldness and can I just inspire you to pursue holiness as well?
When our life is focused on holiness, everything falls into place. You’ll have the wisdom you need to make each decision needed. You’ll have the strength and confidence to claim your convictions. Now is a good time to remind you that YOUR standards and convictions are not going to be equal to mine. We all have our own set, it’s a matter of the heart. Do what God has told you is right for your family but just be sure to line it up with Scripture. So while the Lord told me to keep on wearing my skirts, He may not say the same to you and that’s okay.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be unpacking what it means to pursue holiness and what it looks like in our day to day lives.
Don’t be afraid to claim your convictions, don’t be afraid of what the world thinks of you, don’t be afraid to pursue holiness in a time that wants nothing to do with being holy. Don’t be afraid to live a set apart life and put Christ at the center, and not just in word but in deeds. Set your sights on the King and pursue holiness.