Be holy, for I am holy.
'Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and the fear of Me is not in you,' Says the Lord God of hosts.
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
The apostle Paul suffered three shipwrecks. In them, God proved to be not only Paul's Life Preserver, but also his Life Enhancer. Because each time, God showed Himself strong on Paul's behalf--bringing glory to all who saw, heard or shared in his dangerous scenes--and their subsequent retellings.
But some people, even Christians, suffer shipwrecks of the soul: spiritual collapses that leave them floundering in deep water. Their misery is exposed, as they grab for pieces of driftwood. Instead of fighting the good fight, they fight themselves, other people and monsters unknown.
They cannot win, because God is not in it.
Consider Christians with a big witness, like preachers or celebrities, to be first officers on big ships. Many sail with them, and even more watch them on TV. When they fall apart (by means of debauchery, depression or criminal activity), it becomes a spectacle--like a shipwreck.
How did it happen? Simple. They forgot the 'Captain of our Salvation' (Hebrews 2:10) and tried to pilot their ships alone. But no man following Jesus should ask Jesus to follow him. God doesn't work that way. Most likely, Jesus will leave that ship to its own devices.
The process of unholiness happens one wrong decision at a time: a proud look, bad move, white lie, sweet treat, small shot, big dare, fast buy, rude word, quick hit, short skirt, low top, slight peek, quick kiss, mean blog, sick click--or an indulgence no man sees.
But God sees. Without repentance, bad decisions multiply and create complex equations: seemingly unsolvable by the human mind. Each ship is a life, and many are floundering--even sinking.
Their captaincy is an illusion. Inevitably, storms come upon them. The structures within them start to break. They can't figure out what to do. Every time they grab a straw, it's the short one. They feel like Jonah--ready to take a dive, but will God send a saving whale their way?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be holy in this unholy sea of entertainment. Be prayerful about every role, every decision. Don't consider taking control of your life, or giving that control to anyone but God.
Because to reject holiness invites God to reject us.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Rejection series.