HOLINESS IS A PRIVILEGE


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Holiness is God’s character and it should be how the world sees those of us who call ourselves children of God.

In Exodus 28, God is talking to Moses and giving him instruction. The instruction in this passage is, he must make holy garments for his brother Aaron and his sins, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. God had given him the instruction and now Moses was to go to the skilled craftsmen who were filled with a spirit of wisdom, and they were to make the garments for Aaron to be consecrated to serve God as priest. They needed to make an ephod, a robe, a specially woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. And they were to use gold; blue, purple and scarlet yarn; and fine linen. VERY SPECIFIC AND ACCORDING TO GOD’S INSTRUCTION.

One verse that stopped me was verse 4, “They are to make holy garments for your brother Aaron and his sons son that they may serve Me as priests.” It stopped me because in order to serve the Lord as priests they has to be wearing these garments. The question that is in my head and heart right now is, “What if they did not wear the garments and went into the Holy of Holies?” What if they tried to serve the Lord without the garments, what would happen?” IT IS CLEAR, in order to be priests of the Lord and to serve they had to be wearing the garments. Let’s take a ride in Ephesians chapter 4:17-25.

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 

Do you remember when you said YES TO JESUS? Do you remember why you said YES TO JESUS?

Was it because you were scared of HE-double-hockey-sticks or was it because you knew that HE was the way the truth and the life and that that HIS WAY was the best way, even if to the world it looks the wrong way, which it always will until they are humbled and their eyes are opened like Paul on the road to Damascus.

In this Ephesians passage we see that Paul was exhorting them that a yes to Jesus being their Lord, means a no to continuing to walk in the way that they were, blindly and unholy. The description he gives to them about the Gentiles, is not so different as how we see the world today. If anything everyday we remain here on earth it just gets worse and worse but we as children and disciples of God that we have peace because the world’s worse and worse only is better and better because that means heaven is CLOSER AND CLOSER.

Paul says they have given up and chosen to give their bodies to practice every kind of impurity, and also grown callous which means, “showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others; heartless, no feeling, no compassion.” When we say Jesus, we have come to agreement that the way we were doing things was way wrong, and that the only right way is Jesus way, as he walked on this earth sinless, HOLY.

Have you parted ways with your old way of living or are you hanging onto a piece of it just in case if things don’t go the way you want them? The more you hold on to your plans, the less you will grab hold of God’s plans for you that He has had from the very beginning, before you were born.

Psalm 139:16 “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.”

Will you accept His plans for you or your plans for you?

His plans for you have been written since before your parents even knew you would be here. There is more joy in His plans than your plans. There is more peace in His way than your way. and more rest. Check your self and see, “am I joyful, peace-filled, and resting?” if no is the answer then make a list of all that you are doing, give it to the Lord and let him cross things off that you were never meant to take on and only grab hold of what He has for you, because his plans and desires for you are far better and have more eternal value then our desires and plans on earth can ever have.

What does this have to do with Holiness being a Privilege? Well, I believe that our life right now is a privilege and that it is only by God’s grace that He has not cut the thread. But we have a responsibility as believers to be holy as God is holy. And we can only be holy by saying, no to unholy and saying yes to Holy, who is God.

I started in Exodus because I wanted to show you the seriousness of what putting on the “holy garments” is. Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu presented unauthorized fire fire before the LORD, which he had commanded them not to do, and they were burned to death by Him. When we say yes to the Lord, we have said yes to walking in Holiness which only comes from Him, and to remain Holy, we must remain obedient and choose to say no to everything that comes against His ways. They did otherwise, they were wearing the holy garments, the Lord told Moses to tell the craftsmen to make, but they still chose to disobey the Lord after he commanded them not to present this fire to him. We must look at this story (Leviticus 10:1-3) and be warned that God doesn’t play! He wants his children to walk in Holiness, so that the world may see Him and come to Him. Not the other way around. We have nothing to offer anyone when not walking in Christ. What we have to give to others is the WHOLE GOSPEL. (Because we were dead in sin and unable to reach perfection by works, God with love sent His one and only son, to walk here on earth, show us the way, and die a death that we could not or ever pay to satisfy God’s anger so that we can live forever in Heaven with Him.)

HOLINESS IS PRIVILEGE that we by God’s grace can walk in only because of God’s love and Jesus death on the cross and now we walk in the holiness of God because we are thankful for all He has done and all He continues to do as we await Him here on earth to spend eternity with Him.

extra reading: 2 Peter 2:8-12 ; Ephesians 4:17-25 ; 1 Peter 1:13-16

to end I want to share what a friend wrote: “Holiness is decoration, a jewel on those who choose to be set aside for eternal purposes… Ask the Father how you are decorated and beautiful to this world… Being set apart in our actions and behaviors prepares us for a purpose and creates new life within us.” Holiness is a privilege we get to choose. we can either live knowing that we are pleasing God or we can live in the fear of knowing that we are living a life that is built upon pleasing people and therefore putting masks on in every setting we are in. KNOW THIS THAT GOD SEES PAST THE MASK, HE CREATED AND KNOW YOU, DROP THE MASK, AND ALLOW HIM TO LOVE YOU AND SHOW YOU THE WAY TO HOLINESS.

Blessings friends, Monica 🙂

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