While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 17 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day fifteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to a life of holiness.
Called To Holiness
“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ — their Lord and ours.“
1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV)
Do you have things that are only used for special purposes? Why? Do those things ever become unsuitable for their intended purposes? Explain. What comes to your mind when someone talks about living a life of holiness? Do you think it is possible? Why? Where does holiness begin? When something, or someone, is holy, what does it take to keep it that way? Explain. How important is holiness to God? What will it take for holiness to be just as important to you as it is to God?
Whether it is the good china, special attire, or holiday decorations, most of us have things that we treat as special — things set apart for a specific use or purpose. Being called to holiness means that we are that special thing to God. Not that we’ve been put on a shelf for some future time, but that we’ve been called by God for His special use and purpose. A life of holiness requires that we take every thought captive as we make choices that lead us to honor God’s will and purpose in our life. Responding to God’s call to holiness sets us on a path that leads us toward greater obedience to God as we learn to be holy.
As you pray about being called to holiness, ask God to fill you with the desire to be used by Him. Pray that you would open your mind and spirit to understanding how special you are to God. Pray for the courage to evaluate all of your thoughts and actions to see how well aligned they are with the things of God. Pray for the humility to lead a life set apart for God’s exclusive use in such a way that He is seen by those around you. Pray that a desire for holiness would lead you to be holy.