For Lord’s Day, July 6, 2014
Last week, Christ reminded us in Exodus 22:31 to be holy unto the LORD, and our motivation is that Jesus has presented us as holiness unto the LORD in Himself as the true High Priest typified in Exodus 28:36 and 39:30. Here are some helpful ways to, by God’s grace, grow in holiness by being conformed more to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29) through the Holy Spirit within you.
In his book, God’s Way of Holiness, Horatius Bonar writes: “… likeness to God is produced by beholding his glory” (2 Cor. 3:18), and notes that it involves three main things:
Do not forget that holiness and godliness are Spirit-enabled habits of discipline. In his book, The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges cites a well known verse worthy of our meditation and application:
Sow a thought, reap an act; [See 2 Cor. 5:10]
Sow an act, reap a habit; [See 1 Cor. 9:27]
Sow a habit, reap a character. [See Prov. 23:7]
Keep sowing seeds of Christ’s character within you by acting and thinking more like Him, beloved. Let me encourage you to keep your hand to the plow of holy habits with these words of the Apostle Paul: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9 )