Holy Living in an Unholy World

Christianity – Christ = Religion

 

So if we want to live authentic Christian lives – if we want to live a holy life in an unholy world, there are three things we have to be willing to do.

 

We have to be willing to…

 

  1. Stop dating God

 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

 

  1. Get out of the greenhouse_

 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

 

  1. To run into the burning building

 

All the people, experiencing the thunder and lightning, the trumpet blast and the smoking mountain, were afraid—they pulled back and stood at a distance. The people kept their distance while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. Exodus 20:18, 21 (The Message)

Where Do You Stand?

Have you ever heard yourself saying: “God, something about the way I’m living my life isn’t working.”

 

Two things we can expect when we stand in Christ…

 

  1. We will bear fruit

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

 

  • It glorifies God
  • It is what the tree was created to produce
  • It is singular
  1. We will be pruned/disciplined

 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2

 

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

There’s Got to be More

The definition of religion: the belief in a god or in a group of gods. : An organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. : An interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.

 

If we are to have authentic faith, this is essential advice:

 

  1. _DWELL___

 

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5

 

2.__DEVELOP__

 

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God… 2 Timothy 2:6

 

  1. __DELIVER____

 

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:9