Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 17 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day sixteen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free in holiness.
Free To Live In Holiness
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”
Romans 6:22 (NIV)
What comes to mind when you think of someone being holy? Is holiness something that you consider attainable in your own life? Why? What specific things need to take place in your life for you to be holy? Who can do those things in your life? Is there a part of holiness that is up to you in addition to the work God does in your life? How does a daily reminder that you’ve been set free from sin help you to pursue holiness? Why is holiness such a necessary and noble pursuit?
Holiness has to do with belonging to God or being set apart for God’s exclusive use. When God gave instructions regarding the tabernacle, and eventually the temple, part of those instructions involved purifying both things and people so that they would be holy — set apart for God’s exclusive and special use. Our holiness is only possible as we are purified through the blood of Jesus, but that holiness is maintained as we daily surrender to living a life exclusive to God. As you pray, ask God to purify you from all unrighteousness. Pray for a heart that seeks purity in all you do. Pray that you would be free to live exclusively for God.