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Consecrated for a High Purpose

           Contrary to what many people think, holiness is not being a goody-goody. Is it spending more time in meditation than other Christians do? No. Is it solitude, avoiding contact with other people as much as possible? No. What is it them? It is pledging allegiance to the King of Kings.

          Holiness is choosing with a fixed purpose to serve as a loyal citizen of our Lord’s kingdom. It is setting oneself apart for the special purpose of fixing our heart’s vision on what is eternal.

           In order to assist their King in accomplishing His mission on earth, His people position themselves to serve His purposes. They deny themselves, working effectively as ministers of reconciliation, reconciling the world to God (2 Cor. 5:19, 20).  This is loyalty of the highest order. This is holiness.

          To pursue holiness is also to relinquish to our Master the management of our everyday lives. This change of control releases the loyal ones, the “saints,” from worry, impatience, and self-pity. Contentment, joy, and restfulness come in to stay!

          No wonder a Bible writer instructs us to “pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).

 

 

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