To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
1 Corinthians 1:2
When we receive Jesus in our hearts, many things happen: we are forgiven of all our sins, we are redeemed by His precious blood, we are justified by His grace, and we are sanctified in Him as says the apostle Paul, being sanctified in Christ. We are called to be holy and this is for all Christians, not just for pastors or certain anointed men and women, but for anyone who calls on the name of our Lord.
Many times we fall into temptations and we ignore the holiness, which is a necessary quality to see the face of God and delight in the beauty of His presence. It is unfortunate that today is preached very little about holiness in the churches, and when it done, the issue is not pleasant for most of its listeners. The ears of the parishioners prefer listening topics that satisfy them and give them emotional support, rather than those that confront them.
What does it mean to be holy? Is it possible to be holy at this time so polluted with worldly things? First, if we measure our holiness to the holiness of God, it is obvious that no human being will be able to reach this standard. And not only in this age in which a good thing is called evil and an evil thing is called good, but in any era of human history on Earth. To be holy means to be separated for God, i.e. opt out of the things that the world loves and God hates.
Now we get another question, do we always adhere to the concept of holiness? I do not know how you, who listen to me or read this message you answer this question; but as far as I am concerned, I can say that I did not fulfill one hundred percent, but often do the opposite. That’s why I can say that I don’t come to give you a lesson because I’m doing things correctly. What I come to say is that, because I have failed God in so many times, I acknowledge my mistake and I try to find ways to make amends. I cannot say I’m going to make myself; but I ask my Heavenly Father to help me every day of my life to achieve the goal of holiness.
When we pray for something that is according to the will of God, the prayer will be answered. According to what the Apostle Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians, God calls us to be holy. Therefore, pray for us to achieve holiness is a prayer that goes according to the plans and purposes of God. Then, why we are not holy? I think James 4:3 gives us the answer: You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. It is likely that here is also the answer to our other unanswered prayers. Let us labor therefore, let pray to the Father asking to help us improving ourselves every day to achieve the goal of holiness and God’s purposes are fulfilled in our lives. God bless you.