Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Working at holiness

Yes, Christians' holiness is a gift from God and not the product of our own efforts. But shouldn't the gracious gift of holiness in Christ motivate us to work hard at living up to our new condition? Eric Jones looks at 2 Peter 3:14 and reflects on the idea of striving for righteous living:
In light of God’s new heaven and new earth, Peter exhorts his readers to aggressively pursue growing in holiness and righteousness. He is exhorting them to work hard at making sure they don’t have any sin in their lives. Peter tells them to do everything they have to in order to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with God. Spotless means without any spots. Peter didn’t say mostly spotless or almost blameless. He is saying go all the way, and aggressively participate and cooperate with God’s desire and plan to purify you – now, not just when you die.

I find it interesting that if a pastor today makes this same cry that Peter did for Christians to work hard at holy living; they are chastised for promoting legalism and works-based Christianity. Peter’s message isn’t necessarily politically correct today. Nonetheless, it is truth, and we shouldn't be afraid to repeat it.


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