Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 12:14
“Strive . . . for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”
Scripture speaks of both a holiness which we have in Christ before God and a holiness which we are to strive after. These two aspects of holiness complement one another, for our salvation is a salvation to holiness: “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:7, NIV). To the Corinthians Paul wrote: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy” (1 Corinthians 1:2, NIV). The word sanctified here means “made holy.” We are, through Christ, made holy in our standing before God and called to be holy in our daily lives.
In Hebrews 12:14 we’re told to take seriously the necessity of personal, practical holiness. When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives at our salvation, he comes to make us holy in practice. If there is not, then, at least a yearning in our hearts to live a holy life pleasing to God, we need to seriously question whether our faith in Christ is genuine.
This desire for holiness may be only a spark at the beginning. But that spark should grow till it becomes a flame—a desire to live a life wholly pleasing to God. When God saves us through Christ, he not only saves us from the penalty of sin but also from its dominion. Bishop Ryle said, “I doubt, indeed, whether we have any warrant for saying that a man can possibly be converted without being consecrated to God. More consecrated he doubtless can be, and will be as his grace increases; but if he was not consecrated to God in the very day that he was converted and born again, I do not know what conversion means.” (Excerpt taken from The Pursuit of Holiness)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges