Read: Romans 6:14-23
Very often, we see surveys and questionnaires asking people if they are happy in life, satisfied with their work, or enjoying life. But I don’t think anyone has asked in any opinion poll, “Are you holy?” If you were asked that question, how would you respond?
Holiness can be seen as separation to God and the conduct fitting for those separated. In the biblical sense, holiness is not a human quality at all. It can’t be seen as a virtue. Holiness is not something that people can do or cultivate from within. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Holiness is something that God does in people (Rom. 3:26).
In Romans 6, we see the marvellous thing that God does in a person when that person puts his/her faith in Christ. Rom. 6:4 says, “We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Striving for holiness is not a one-day effort. It is a daily process and it occurs only if we yield ourselves in obedience to the Lord instead of walking in the world’s ways and our old ways of self-indulgence and pleasure seeking. “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life” (Rom. 6:22). And Rom. 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The contrast between earned wages and the gift of grace is clearly seen. In our capacity, we can earn only death as our wages. But in Christ, our sins are paid for and God has freely given us the gift of eternal life.
Are you becoming more holy daily? By God’s grace and power, we can say “Yes.” In fact, it is God’s command that we be holy (1 Pet. 1:13-16). Can you cooperate with God in His work of transforming you to become more like Jesus? Ask Him to help you walk in His ways. We should always remember that without His work in our lives, nothing of permanent value will happen in our growth in holiness.