Motivation For Men #14: “Without Holiness”
The Bible teaches us that without sanctification, or holiness, no one will see the Lord. What does this mean for us?
Does it mean, “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t cuss, I don’t chew, and I don’t associate with those who do”? This is spoken tongue-in-cheek, of course, but in reality, in many circles one can pass for being a Christian, or at least a very devout person, simply by the absence of obvious vices or faults. Is that what holiness is all about?
It is true that our path to holiness starts by ridding ourselves of evil deeds and influences, but that is just a start. From an eternal perspective, the reason we flee immorality and the deeds of the flesh is those things keep us from pursuing God. In the end, holiness is more about who we pursue than what we leave behind.
The true meaning of sanctification is that we set ourselves apart for him. The athlete is not concerned about weakness, but rather perfecting his strength so he can be victorious. Likewise, the soldier is not concerned about avoiding cowardice, because he is constantly preparing himself for battle. The bride is not concerned about ugliness, but rather making herself as beautiful as possible for the bridegroom.
True holiness is not about looking backward, but about moving forward.