Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 52)
As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NKJV)
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May He, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all His holy people. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (NLT)
On earth, Holy is a special name tag. It's best written with invisible ink worn under your shirt and over your heart. Therein, people can't see this grand label, but the emblem and the Hand Who wrote it are conspicuous in the spirit realm.
It marks you as part of God's family with the rights and privileges therein. Demons will test you as God allows. Angels will back you up eternally. Both sides know you're set aside for the Lord. This name tag isn't meant for human eyes.
But when Christians see themselves as holy, when they look down on sinners with proud eyes, when they hurl Bible quotes from damning mouths, when they walk around with pretentious steps, they are distancing themselves from the Truth.
Within Easton's Bible Dictionary, consider how holiness is defined:
'Holiness--in the highest sense belongs to God, and to Christians as consecrated to God's service... Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer and perseverance.' *
Actors, models and talent for Christ, holiness is best seen in action: by treating all people with kindness; by loving them when it's not easy; by extending yourself to strangers; by regarding the poor and lonely; by copying Christ as best you can and being humble in all you do.
To Be Continued...
* Biblical, referenced definition of holiness: http://eastonsbibledictionary.org/1804-Holiness.php
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.