Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:14
According to Saint Francis de Sales, “All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life’s work may be.” “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” In a society where there is so much corruption and injustice, these days where living right and doing right seems like foolishness, days where anything goes as long as it works, one begins to wonder on matters like holiness. Questions on the necessity of holiness in our business dealings, our offices, in our choices, in our relationships and in all aspect of our lives confronts us daily as Christians.
Oftentimes as believers, we are so pushed to the corner and even intimidated by the moral decadence around us that we’re sometimes tempted to compromise our faith; there are also days when you even question the need to remain true to the things you believe. Is holiness of life a necessity? Or is it a demand for only the ordained? From our theme scripture, we are told that without holiness, no man, no matter his status in the church, will ever see God. From this it is clear that holiness is a must for as many as desire to walk with God, desire to see His purpose achieved in their lives, and as many as desire to see Him at the end of their lives. According to one Christian writer, the need for holiness of life is not an arbitrary thing; there are certain understandings that bring a man to the point where he insists on holy living.
First is the understanding that as a believer, your body is the temple of God. In 2 Cor.6:16, God had said: “I will dwell in them and walk in them; they will be my people I will be their God.” God is holy and cannot behold iniquity. He is not just satisfied to dwell in the heavens; He wants to dwell in us. He wants to be in us —whether in the church, office, market or wherever. His desire is not to walk with us, but in us – inside of us – so that nothing can come in between. The consciousness of this truth is what drives one towards holiness.
Beloved, separating yourself from the unclean is for this purpose: God who is holy desires to dwell in you. When you forget this, you become careless with your body and mind and
then begin to give in to the sin that the world imposes on you. Holiness is mandatory for believers because we have the privilege of carrying the Most Holy. We are meant to be sanctified – that is separated, set apart, dedicated for Him alone. Having therefore this privilege, we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness in every minute details of our lives.
As we face this day, may we be conscious of the fact that we are carrying the Most Holy and that He abhors filthiness of any kind. In our communications, thoughts, and actions and in all our dealings, may we never forget that there is a demand upon us —“You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2).
Eph 3: 14-21; Ps 33: 1-2. 4-5. 11-12. 18-19; (R. 5b); Accl Phil 3:8-9a; Lk 12: 49-53
- Thank the Lord for today’s reflection.
- Confess to the Lord every unconfessed sin.
- Ask the Lord for the faith to know that He dwells in you.
- Ask the Lord for grace to resist every form of filthiness today.
Exercise: Pause and ask yourself this question before acting: will the Most Holy One condole this act?
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17