FRANKLY SPEAKING, Holiness is not what YOU need to please God; FAITH is.
The call unto holiness is not a call to PLEASE God, but a call to SEE God…
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
The motivation for holiness is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God given to you in Christ; together with the power of GRACE advanced to you to fulfil, sustain, and maintain godliness.
No man can please God by what he does or doesn’t; neither will you please God living by thesis of rules and regulations, laws and principles, or dos and don’ts. It is ONLY by Accepting the grace of God through faith you will please God, and for God to be pleased with you.
Faith in God is trusting and accepting the truth about Christ Jesus; His appearing as the Son of God; His death on the cross as one-time atonement for the Sin of humanity; and His resurrection as Eternal Life for whoever believes in Him.
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven —the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Holiness is sustaining and maintaining the presence of God Already IN YOU and AROUND YOU; so that the power of God’s abiding presence in/with you may ensure a consistent victory in your daily experiences. Holiness is a condition to see God –God’s manifestation of Grace for total victory in every area of your life; victory over failures, victory over the enemy, victory over delays and setbacks, and also bringing victory through you into the lives of men.
Therefore, there is need for you to be holy, not necessarily for God’s sake, but as a condition to see the Lord WORK with you to achieve His purpose in your life and WALK by you to defend and uphold His grace upon you every day of your life.
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2(NIV)
The essence of Holiness is remaining the temple where God can dwell.
The reason for many failures and weakness in your life is because God has not found a place to dwell in you. So, no matter what you do or want to achieve in life, if you cannot get God to go with you, it is all a waste of time.
Note this, the pivot and necessity of holiness is remaining God’s temple, and not becoming it; because you have already become the temple of the living God on the premise of grace obtained by faith through Christ.
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
2 Cor. 6:16 (NIV)
Consequently, the issue of holiness is:
- Not becoming a dwelling place for God, but remaining a dwelling place
- Not obtaining grace for supernatural living, but cultivating the innumerable measure of grace we have received in Christ so that it won’t be in vain,
- Not fighting for victory in our daily experience, but sustaining the presence of God for constant victory,
- Not encountering divine visitation occasionally, but experiencing unbroken divine presence
- Not obeying rules and regulations to be holy but maintaining your status of Holiness obtained in Christ.
God has called you unto grace. He has called and empowered you to do what humanly speaking you cannot do, except by faith. I do not see godly success if you cannot harbor and retain the presence of God. What makes the difference is whether God is present in your life.
…for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (NIV)
1 Peter 1:16
Apostle Peter meant to say in the above text “Maximize the grace of God over your life according to God’s Will, Word and Purpose for your life. Do not let the grace and presence of God be useless in your life as an individual.