Holiness is one of the defining points of God’s people. Edom is represented by stubble, while Israel is represented by fire. God’s people are to be consumed and marked by the fire of God’s holiness so that the stubble of pride, deception, greed, betrayal, and rebellion can be burned up and overcome in our lives. God desires that we walk in the full possession of our inheritance in Him.
Colossians 3:1-17 tells us that relationships often prove to be the crucible in which our godliness is tested. Colossians challenges us to bring the life and character of Christ into the way we relate to others. Drawing strength from the power and might of His glory, we must remove and discard our old ways of living and relating. God has made us new creations in Christ; let us be continually renewed to live and love in a manner worthy of our Lord. So we should put on love, and from the core of our being, be tender, merciful, humble, patient, and forgiving in all relationships. We should let the peace of Christ control our thoughts and emotions, and be thankful, study, think about, memorize, believe and live the Word of God so that it becomes part of who we are. Let the Word inhabit your conversation with others and your worship of God. Devote yourself to Jesus and to knowing God’s Word.
Dear God, please help me to seek and pursue holiness and welcome the fire of Your holiness in my life. In Your mercy God, please burn up the dry and lifeless or activity that You consider stubble in my life. Help me understand that You want me to live in holiness so that I will be able to possess fully all that You have for me (I Corinthians 3:12-15).
Just wanted to say something about pride. It being the opposite of humility, can strike at any time if we do not take time to be Holy as He is Holy. Because of my pride, I made a terrible mistake. I want to share with you what happened. I saw the chance to get dental implants so I was thinking about how much better I would look with them. While there’s nothing wrong with that per say, it becomes wrong when you make it your focus. I hated the way I looked, and didn’t bother to think about this or to pray about this before I did it. I know that I should have at least prayed about it.
When we make quick decisions instead of praying about it, it usually results in sin because we have to rush into something without thinking. So I did all the thinking afterwards which was a little too late. I ended up in the hospital because of an infection that somehow got into the bloodstream. I was septic and the Dr’s in ER said I was lucky to come in when I did. They said I would have died in four hours. I had several problems associated with this that caused me to stay in the hospital for 16 days. After I got home from the hospital, it took 2 months to recover. It was almost like God was saying to me….”Do I have your attention now?” OK, let me be clear on this. I know God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He allowed bad things to happen to Job. I had been so busy all the time doing the yard, in fact I spent more time doing the yard than anything else.
Pastor Paul Wilkerson came to visit me in the hospital and I was telling him that I thought maybe God was telling me that I was doing too much and wouldn’t let anyone help me, so now I have no choice. He asked me if I thought I was better than everyone else, so I just replied, yeah…..I never really thought that, but when he asked, I guess because I thought if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself. Later, I wanted to call him and tell him I didn’t really mean that, but truth is I wouldn’t let anyone help, then I thought about what it says in Philippians 2:1-3 1)Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2)then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose. 3)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.
Doing the yard took up all of my time, so I realized I had to change things. I had to spend time talking to God through prayer and reading His Word. I needed to have a closer relationship with God. I knew that more than anything else, God seeks an intimate relationship with us, but I just didn’t take the time, and now I had all the time in the world…..I realized now that I didn’t take the time to be Holy, when the Bible clearly says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”
1 Peter 1:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
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.”