Are You Continually Restating Your Life Purpose to Yourself?
Endeavoring to Live Rightly Related to God
by J.M. Troppello
What does holiness mean? Holiness is defined as the quality or state of being holy. Ok, so what does holy mean? Holy means exalted or worthy of absolute devotion; perfected in goodness and righteousness; divine for the Lord is holy; devoted entirely to God or the work of God.
I’ve been reading the Oswald Chambers devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. I’ve read this devotional many times throughout my years as a Christian. It always hits me in the gut every time I read the words. I highly recommend this book if you want to cultivate a stronger walk with the Lord. It’s definitely a book that you can read over and over again—and it’s filled with the truths of God’s Word throughout.
“Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays, we have far too many affinities. We are dissipated with them – right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfillment, but in the meantime, God has to atrophy them. The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the God who will make him holy. At all costs a man must be rightly related to God.” – Oswald Chambers
This is a great excerpt from the book. I love how Chambers reminds believers to continually restate to themselves what the purpose of their life is. Happiness and health are not the goal – or they shouldn’t be your life goals.
Holiness should be your goal as a believer.
I don’t know about you, but holiness is not always my life goal. I want to be happy and healthy. Now, I’m not saying that seeking happiness and health in life is not good. Those are good goals. When you’re fulfilled and healthy, you’re more likely to accomplish great things in life – and serve the Lord more fully.
However, holiness should be the chief of all goals in your life.
As I always share, I am preaching to myself here too. My husband and I were just discussing last night that we needed to cut two shows off our DVR list. They were new shows and we’d only watched two episodes. But, they were questionable and we didn’t feel right watching them. We have VidAngel – which cuts out things like profanity etc. that you don’t want to watch. However, it didn’t have these shows on the platform since they were on a network that wasn’t one that VidAngel works with.
I see that as a good thing, that my husband and I felt convicted about watching those shows. They weren’t really bad. However, there wasn’t really a good reason for us to watch them anyway.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a] (I Peter 1:13-15, NKJV)
Just as Romans 12:1-2 shares that believers should present their bodies as living sacrifices to God – and not be conformed to this world – so believers should also not conform to the evil desires they had when they lived in ignorance, as you can read in this passage from I Peter 1:13-15.
I hope you are encouraged by this message. You and I are works in progress. Spiritual growth happens one day at a time. Just stay focused on growing your relationship with God (since you’re already justified through Jesus Christ) and you will continue to be sanctified day by day.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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