For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
(Step #1) To read of the 10 lies of holiness.
(Step #2) To answer the invitation to walk holy!
TO BE or NOT TO BE HOLY—that is the question
God’s character is holy and He joyfully calls you to be holy just like Him (1 Peter 1:15-16; Lev. 19:2-3). To “walk holy” is a divine invitation; holiness is not an option in the life of a Christian, or for only a select few “mighty” saints. Instead, it is the plan of God for your life. Holiness is not just a list of “what not to do”. Instead, holiness is scriptural; God made provision (the ability to succeed) for your life in holiness. God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. So let’s see if you believe any of these “10 lies about holiness”. Wait! I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t have to read this. Or, I don’t have time to read through this.” Hummm…if you already think that, I imagine that you believe at least three of the lies below.
1. THE WORD “HOLY” DOESN’T MAKE ME FEEL GOOD:
People that do strange things make you feel uneasy, but the holiness of God is delightfully heavenly and brings you heartfelt eternal PEACE—NOW! Being holy is actually your calling and destiny. God is HOLY and Heaven sings about the holiness of God! You will feel GREAT as God fascinates you, empowering you to live holy (Rev. 4&5).
2. I WANT TO ENJOY LIFE AND HOLINESS IS A JOY KILLER:
Actually, God created joy—SIN is the real joy killer! Additionally, at His right hand are limitless pleasures evermore (Ps. 16:11). Truthfully, the closer you get to God the more you can experience joy. Why? Because you will see how much He enjoys you—yes, YOU—even with all your mistakes. And when you see how much He enjoys you, then you can enthusiastically enjoy yourself. And when you begin to enjoy yourself, you’re free to enjoy other people—even the real annoying ones. How? The fruit of His Spirit inside you is JOY (Gal. 5:22)! And true joy is part of His plan for holiness.
3. I WANT TO LIVE A BALANCED LIFE! HOLINESS IS ONLY FOR EXTREME & WEIRD PEOPLE:
Extreme and weird people do extremely weird things, and “balanced” folks usually suffocate in a tiny box they created. Today, living a “balanced life” in this world may cause you to subtly fall, unsuspectedly sinking into the comfortable mire of lukewarmness. Did John the Baptist live a balanced life? Did Jesus live a balanced life? Does the fruit in your life resemble the early church? Do not ask how much you can get away with and still make it to Heaven! Instead ask, “How holy can I be in the grace of God?” God said, “I am holy”, and you are to be holy like Him (1 Pt. 1:16). Pursuing holiness is not an OPTION in your Christian walk—it is God’s only plan. Pursuing God’s holiness, in His grace, creates the true (and perfect) balance in your life. (Side note: In fact, pursuing holiness not only affected me, but it significantly blessed my spouse and children…read more on my life and testimony.)
4. NO ONE CAN BE PERFECT…I WILL BE HOLY IN HEAVEN:
Yes, and NO! Waiting for God to make you holy in Heaven is like getting a paycheck each week, saving it in a lock box, choosing to waste away in a pig pen of poverty, and not cashing in until after you die. God called you to live “poor in spirit”, not to have a “spirit of poverty”. Paul goes further by saying you need to let go of the “lesser” things around you (the things that are not holy), and to pursue perfecting your holiness in the fear of the Lord (2 Cor. 6:11-2 Cor. 7:1). Furthermore, did you know that God—the Good Father—actually likes to give you rewards as you pursue Him? I know it’s shocking, but it’s true (read more about it here: Matt. 6:4, 6, 18; 16:27). Paul, who I think really understood God’s reward system, goes on further to say that if you live holy today, causing yourself to glow with the light of God, then your hard work will be rewarded; you will be “brightly shining”, wearing God’s glory gear in the age to come (Matt. 13:43; 1 Cor. 15:40-42; Dan. 12:2-3).
5. I CAN’T AFFORD THE TIME IT TAKES TO BE HOLY:
You can’t afford to waste your time on worthless things. I have had the distinct privilege of sitting with Godly and ungodly leaders before they die. And none of them ever said, “I really wish I had wasted more time.” Purposeful time management for the sake of building yourself up in the things that are important to God will give you a holy life today, and treasure in the age to come. Your time is one of your most precious commodities (in fact, your time is a holy gift; Ecc. 6:3). Therefore, planning your time so as to spend 20 minutes a day doing Holy Clubs will significantly benefit your life. “I already have a quiet time,” you may say. But what are you actually spending that time doing? When you take time to work on holiness, your whole life will be positively affected; you will live a healthier, happier, and holier life. This has actually been the biggest surprise to me in my pursuit of holiness. I found that when I spent time planning to live holy, I actually succeeded in continually pursuing holiness! Adversely, when I was not setting a plan to walk holy, my life quickly plummeted downhill.
6. I CAN’T BE HOLY! IT IS TOO HARD! I WOULDN’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN:
You’re right! YOU can’t be holy! But Christ IN YOU makes you holy, and Holy Clubs “FIRM FOUNDATIONS” will take you on a 24 step journey to walk out biblical holiness, building one step after another. Jesus died on the cross so that you could be holy. The Kindest Man alive—Jesus—has provided for you and is praying for your life of holiness right now (2 Thess. 2:13). BUT you have to access what God gave you. He did His part; now you must do yours. Pursuing a life of holiness is not the same as obtaining it; you are called to grow in a life of holiness. Christ in you—the hope of Glory—is making you a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), and His mercy, grace, and truth will help get you there.
7. I GO TO CHURCH, READ MY BIBLE, PRAY WHEN I CAN, AND, WELL, I’M A GOOD ENOUGH PERSON. I WILL WAIT TO BE HOLY IN HEAVEN:
Who’s standard are you comparing your “good” life to? Your own standard? The standard of the person at church that you know you’re better than? Your judgment of your neighbor’s standards? Only God, who called you to walk holy, has the perfect plan for your life. Yes you will be holy—glorified in Heaven—but God calls you to walk in holiness today (1 Cor. 6:11). Remember, the way you live in faithful service and holiness towards God today will dramatically affect your life in the age to come (Matt. 25:23).
8. I DON’T NEED TO BE HOLY; I HAVE GRACE:
Lol…that is like saying, “I have a car, but I don’t need gas to drive it”. God gave you His grace to live holy; grace is power to overcome sin and not a license to sin (Rom. 6:14-23).
9. HOLINESS IS JUST A LIST OF STRICT RULES, AND I AM FREE IN CHRIST. BESIDES, ONLY A FEW PEOPLE IN BIBLE HISTORY ARE HOLY:
Holiness is not what you don’t do. Instead, it is what you actually do. Holiness is running the race, cooperating with grace, and becoming holy as He is holy. Jesus made you a—new creation. This gives you a fresh start and lifts you up after you have fallen down; simply staying in the race makes you holy (Eph. 4:24). God has called all of us to be holy and has given us 7 provisions for holiness: Jesus, the Cross, the Holy Spirit, His Blood, the Word, Faith & your Works. The Great Cloud of witnesses were not perfect and did not see God’s promises fulfilled. BUT they stayed in the race and steadfastly cheer us on from the balcony of Heaven. Therefore, since you are surrounded but such a great cloud of witness, flee sin—stay in the race—by looking at Jesus! (Heb. 12:1-2).
10. I AM AFRAID OF FAILING! I HAVE TRIED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO “GET MY LIFE TOGETHER”—BESIDES ONLY “PERFECT” PEOPLE ARE HOLY:
Seriously?!? Have you ever met a perfect person? God does not make perfect people. He made a perfect path for us to walk holy. Did you know perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)? And deliberate godly action kicks fear out of your heart (Phil. 4:4-9). Also, did you know that God can give you “self-control” so that you can safely stay steady serving saints (Titus 1:7-9)? David was afraid and lacked self control; He ran fearfully from God’s plan for his life into the enemy's camp. Unfortunately, he uncovered his lust and lack of self-control issue by staying up late, watching a woman bathe. HOWEVER, in God, he was an ordinary person called to do extraordinary things. And he continually pursued God’s love and mercy with all his heart (Psalm 27:4). He messed up many times, but was not defined by his past mistakes. Likewise, you are an ordinary person that is called to do extraordinary things. The first time God testifies about David (and this is before his sins), He says that David was a man after God’s own heart. We know this because the last thing written about him said that he was a man after God’s own heart and that he did God’s will (Acts 13:22). God does not call the “perfect” to live holy. Remember, He doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.