Most years, while we are on vacation, the Holy Spirit graciously ‘gives’ me a bible verse for the year ahead. This year a strong and profound statement from Hebrews 12:14(b)
“Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.”
For 2015 I was encouraged to forget the former things, that God was going to do something new in our country, did I not see it?…it has already begun, He was going to make a pathway in die wilderness en rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18+19) It had a profound effect on my thinking about God’s plan for our country and the many challenges that lay ahead…and God did do something new…don’t you see it?…it is still happening.
For 2016 – I had to find my strength in quietness and confidence in the Lord. (Isaiah 30:15) and that it is weakness to be fretting and worrying, questioning and misunderstanding, rather than accepting in quietness and going forward in strength…and God did give me strength notwithstanding my own fears.
For 2017 I lifted my eyes to the hills, wondering where my help would come from in the year ahead and I realised that my help will only come from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven & Earth. (Ps 121:1+2) … and God did help me.
For the year ahead I realised that God wanted to take me to a new level when I read “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14b). It came as a shock and I had to read, reread, meditate and think about this profound statement. If I call myself a Christian it is not just a quick statement or a game – it is a life-and-death matter and very, very serious. Having a profound FAITH in the Son of God for the forgiveness of all our sins should lead to a distinct and holy lifestyle.
Where do I stand?
I had to do a serious reality check on my own life – can I really say that I am leading a holy life? Holy?…with my eyes, my thoughts, my words, my heart and my deeds? It starts by believing in the Son of God. Once we believe we are saved from sin and made holy by faith. Our faith grows by seeking God’s face on a daily basis. As I look back over my life I was encouraged by God’s promises and guidance to do things I would never have dreamt of doing – the Eduplex is one of the them and the Ear Institutes another. I had to overcome all my fears and be obedient to His promises and guidance. It was not easy, but it was exciting!
It took years of prayer, planning, tears and hard work. We did the possible and God did the impossible. But still, I can do all of this ‘for the Lord’ but where do I stand on the path of holiness? Am I making every effort to live in peace with all men; to see to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many; see that no one (yes, also me!) is sexually immoral (Hebrews 12:14-16.) Again I had to ask …”Am I faithful to my spouse with my eyes, my thoughts and my words?”
What do I listen to with my ears – am I part of negative or inappropriate talk? Is my heart and my mind really turned towards Jesus and do I take captive every thought (yes, especially questionable thoughts) and make it obedient to Christ? (2 Corinthians 10:5)
I trust that 2018 is going to be a blessed year as I try to obey on this journey called holiness – busying myself with God Things rather than Good Things.