One of the marks of a born-again Christian is that he/she will have a burning desire to please God. May we say here that any born-again believer who is lacking in this area or finds it difficult to be contented in the boundaries of God’s will as set out in the Bible, his/her profession will be questionable.
Yes, he/she may have some struggles and rollercoaster experience in his/her Christian walk sometimes, but the desire to please and obey God will always be burning in his/her heart. And, that’s the first step in living a holy life!
God says, “Be ye holy, for I Am holy” (1Pt1:16). The Almighty is a just God, He would not require from man what He knows man could not possibly deliver. If holiness were not possible for man, God would not demand it from the believer. Take note of this: there is a difference between being holy and being perfect. You’re not going to be made perfect instantaneously, but you will be made holy instantaneously. We’ll see why shortly.
1. It means being SET APART for divine and holy purpose e.g. setting apart vessels from common use in dedication to God’s exclusive use. See Ex 40:9,10; Lev 8:10,11.
2. It means being made pure by CLEANSING, e.g. altar and vessels being sprinkled and anointed in order to make them ‘holy or purified from past impurities’ for exclusive divine and holy use. See Ex 40:9,10; Lev 8:10,11.
Today, this applies to the believer as well; we are separated unto God and sanctified by Him to be holy unto Him.
1. We SEPARATE ourselves and bodies from sin, sinful things and sinful places; This outlines OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY.
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification (separation) and honour (1Thess 4:3,4).
2. We are MADE HOLY;
GOD’S OWN RESPONSIBILITY.
“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate (Heb 13:12).
In essence, our separation unto God in ABSOLUTE DEDICATION to Him, brings about His sanctifying power upon us to make us holy.
Holiness takes place and starts in the heart before it manifests in the body and in lifestyle. Remember the words of Jesus, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness” (Mk 7:21-22). Again, Prov 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.
So, the miracle and the possibility of holiness takes place and starts in the purification of the heart of man. Why? We all know that the best way to kill a tree permanently out of sight is to go for the roots. Heart’s purification or sanctification deals with the place where sin takes its root before it manifests in outward behaviours and emotions. It is a miraculous act of God. It is a work of grace at the expense of Christ’s shed blood, nobody ‘works’ to deserve it. Are you born again already?, all you need do is possess a strong desire to please God by all means. Then, open your mouth and ask God for it in prayer.
God promises, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you… And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezek 36:25-27).
Jesus also prayed for us, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (Jn 17:17). Thanks Bro Raphael