How to Be Holy
1 Peter 1:16 - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I've been thinking about this verse a lot over the last several days. As I posted yesterday, I'm making some changes in my life. I want to strive more to be holy. And the verses that I read for a devotion this morning reminded me (AGAIN) just how I can do that. Look at these verses:
Psalm 119:9-11, " 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
How can we live life in a pure way? That's what the psalmist asked. Then he gave us the answer that God gave him. We can cleanse our way by taking heed to God's Word. And we can't just do it halfway. We have to put our whole heart into it. If we don't commit fully, we will wander. Only by staying in God's Word and hiding it in our hearts can we keep from sin.
That's it. Simple really. All we have to do is stay focused on His Word. But we make it so difficult. We let the smallest little things distract us. We skip our devotions for a few extra minutes of sleep. We'll miss, "just this one service" to catch up on things around the house. We let a TV show keep us from the Word.
No, it doesn't take much to throw us off the path, but the great thing is that Jesus is willing to forgive us, and He is there to lead us back to the right path after we get misdirected.
With God's help I'm working on this holiness thing. I know I'll never be perfect before I see heaven, but I want to grow closer to Him everyday.
What about you?