FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
PURITY OF HEART AND DEED
October 21, 2016
Today’s psalm: Psalm 24:1-6
We are called to holiness.
First, this is because we are a creation of God, we are children of God, and we belong to God, who is holy. “The earth is the Lord’s and all it holds, the world and those who dwell in it.” (v.1).
Second, this is because as children of God, we are destined for heaven. But heaven is a holy place, where the Holy One lives. Thus we too need to be holy. “Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? Who can stand in his holy place?” (v.3).
What is holiness? Who are those who are considered holy? It is “the clean of hand and pure of heart” (v.4a). It is the one whose deeds are righteous, whose thoughts and desires are pure. It is one “who has not given his soul to useless things, what is vain.” (v.4b). Such a one is he who has embraced the deadly isms of the world–consumerism, secular humanism, modernism, cultural Marxism, contraceptive imperialism, hedonism. Such are attractive to the fallen soul, but are useless, vain and deadly.
Jesus already won for us our salvation. This is God’s mercy. This brings us to the fulfillment of God’s justice, which is to give us what He wills for us, what is our due, which is eternal life in heaven. Thus the holy person receives “justice from his saving God.” (v.5b). And throughout his lifetime, he will receive what children receive from loving parents–all good things. “He will receive blessings from the Lord” (v.5a).
All whom Jesus has died for and has saved are called to holiness. But not many truly respond. Will we be such a people? Will we strive for holiness, that is, seeking God in this life, and looking to be with God in the afterlife? Be holy as God is holy. “Such is the generation that seeks him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.” (v.6).
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