The focal point of this writing is to connect the “being” to the “doing” of a Christian life. Additionally, understanding what is required to serve God, and how to grow in Christ so we can glorify Him, throughout our lifetime is addressed. Simply put, “to live a Christian life one must be a Christian, and “being” and “claiming” to be a Christian are two different things. Furthermore, to do good deeds, worthy of Jesus Christ’s approval one must read the bible to know what God wants him or her to do. The life of a Christian is gauged by the existence and strength of his or personal holiness, spiritual growth, and record of service to God. Leading a Christian life not only requires changing one’s lifestyle but also demands a change of heart. Based on the divine complexity and nature of the Lord’s work, presumably, only those willing to undergo spiritual cleansing, commit to undertaking higher biblical learning, while partaking in doing God’s Will can attest to possessing true personal holiness. Imaginably, personal holiness could be the sum of spiritual growth and Godly service. Every Christian is presumptively committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ until or if their actions prove otherwise. Believers understand that Christianity is an action word, which when willfully practiced brings about spiritual formation that over time ripens into an obvious presence of godliness. Spiritual transformation is not an option for Christians, instead, it is a need necessary for any Christian to be effective at leading souls to Christ, the while during their virtuous walk. Leading souls to Christ is symbolic of the essence Christ’s Call. He has called all believers to lead others to Him by example.
As it seems, perhaps legions of Christians presumed to be committed to Christ may not be. Conceivably, and based on behavior, some have been falsely accused, and therefore call for accusations of behaving more like sinners than the Christians. Since there is no such being as a partial Christian, to avoid traps set by Satan designed for catching people lacking in spiritual development, believer’s must evidence an intentional want and effort to practice Christianity. By all accounts, believers are only called by God to serve when their motives are divinely pure, accompanied by a burning passion for doing God’s will, and not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first step toward positioning oneself to serve the Lord is to learn how to glorify Him. Can an unholy person glorify God? Let’s just think about that for a minute. To answer this question correctly it is necessary to know the definition of “Personal Holiness.” Here we are not talking about another person’s holiness or lack of. We are talking about our personal holiness. It is not easy to put ourselves under a magnifying glass but for some settings in life, we must.
Establishing a biblically supported personal theology that encompasses deliberate acts of obedience, coupled with applying theological concepts can lead to the development of personal holiness traits. Often immeasurable spiritual growth and evidence of unbridled passion for serving God’s people follows. In absence of strong spiritual evolution, the likelihood of coming to know personal holiness is unlikely. When spiritual growth is stagnant so is evidence of personal holiness, or an ability to serve God.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Concepts of Personal Holiness
We can take comfort in knowing that God settled our sins on the cross when Jesus Christ, His Son was crucified, and therefore He knows our strengths as well as weaknesses. This fact is especially important during the phase of working toward building a life that shows personal holiness. Jesus is the only Authority capable of cultivating exact spiritual augmentation that transitions into a state of personal holiness. It is by the grace of God that we are healed not by any actions or power of our own.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)