Words from the Heart for Saturday August 13th, 2016
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 (NIV)
Because you are part of a new family, there is a new way to live! Your Father is holy and righteous in all He does. Are you acting as a child of your Father’s family? Are there areas where you need to conform your thoughts or behaviours to God’s holy standards?
One of Canada’s most holy places is not even in Canada. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The monument is the centerpiece of a 100-hectare preserved battlefield park that encompasses a portion of the ground over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the initial Battle of Vimy Ridge offensive of the Battle of Arras. Originally unveiled by King Edward VIII on July 26, 1936, following an extensive multi-year restoration, Queen Elizabeth II re-dedicated the monument on 9 April 2007 at a ceremony commemorating the 90th anniversary of the battle.
God is holy. It is one of the foundational statements of the Christian faith. Everything about the redemption story is founded on that simple statement. Because He is holy, sin cannot enter into His presence. The Bible says that no one has seen God and lived. That all changed with the arrival of Jesus into our world. He was the pinnacle of God’s plan for the redemption of men and women and by His death on the cross, Jesus was able to wipe away sin and redeem the sinner. That had not been possible until He cried out from the cross “it is finished.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 says this: “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.”” When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, He removes our sin and takes up residence in us. His righteousness is implanted in us and we are able to enter into the presence of the God who is holy. But we are not yet made perfect. That will not happen until we see Jesus face to face. So in this life we are called to allow Jesus to live His life through us. Holiness is not our own feeble attempts to do good things. It is the presence of Jesus living His holy life through us. As the Bible says, we are to be crucified to Christ so that He is able to live His life through us. Allow Him to do so today.
These have been words from the heart.