Holiness is not meant to be a burden for the children of God. Instead, the call to live a holy life is God giving us permission to live according to the conviction given us by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Happiness does not have to be the opposite of holiness!
The call to live holy is a call to live unspoiled by the world, without the guilt of sin or lack of action during a time of sin.
All of the following is taken from two sermons taught by Pastor Jerret Sykes of Victory Campus Ministries (PULSE) at Southern Methodist University.
HARD QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A “SERVANT-LEADER”
Do those I serve believe that I am willing to sacrifice my own self-interest for the good of the group?
Do those I serve believe that I want to hear their ideas and will value them?
Do those I serve believe that I will understand what is happening in their life and how it affects them?
Do those I serve come to me when the chips are down, or when something traumatic happens in their lives?
Do those I serve believe I have a strong awareness of what is going on?
Do those I serve follow my requests because they want to, or because they feel they have to?
Do those I serve communicate their ideas and vision when I’m around?
Do those I serve have confidence in my ability to anticipate the future and its consequences?
Do those I serve believe that I am preparing myself to make a positive difference in this world?
Do those I serve believe that I am committed to helping them develop and grow?
Do those I serve feel a strong sense of community when I lead?
SCRIPTURES ON HOLINESS:
II Cor 6:16 – 7:11
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
I Ptr 1:15-16
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
(Why would Jesus command this if He did not provide a way for us to obey it?)
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”
II Cor 4:10-12
always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
II Tim 2:11
This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.