1 Peter 1:15-16 (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.”
Life. We treat it as if it were a sale on Black Friday. We rationalize that just because the item we think we “need” is available at an unbelievably affordable price that we can buy it, compromising the resources that have been allocated for bills, groceries and – dare I say it – tithes and offerings. We convince ourselves that we can pay the price without asking ourselves if we can afford the true COST of the compromise.
So it is in our Christian lives. We chase people, plans, positions, and prosperity out of turn, season and God’s ordination. We do whatever it takes to get what we want without consideration, consistency, or constraint. We disturbingly bow in our integrity, finances, disciplines, relationships, and duties. We use compromise as a blanket, covering us in penalty, instead of abiding in the power and grace of our God given identity, ability, and assignment.
When will we realize that God’s stance on compromise has not been altered? Things that should repulse us, we tolerate and chase, when holiness is still the standard duty of every Christian. It must dominate in all of our affairs, in every condition, and towards all people. We must especially watch and pray against the sins we are easily tripped up in.
The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian’s life. It is by this rule we are commanded to be uncompromisingly holy in every way. God saved us AND made us to BE holy in all that we do.
Can we talk about it?
What areas in your life are knowingly compromising in? Have you counted the costs of these compromises?
What are some areas in your life that you need to strengthen your trust in God in order to Be Holy?