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. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV).
How are you doing with living your holy life? Let me be clear: this is NOT to guilt you, to make you feel bad. If you’re like me, your bad language and dirty thoughts and petty grudges and not-so-clever hypocrisies and just plain judgmental attitudes that comprise “daily life” have corrupted your holy life. If you’re like me, you stink on ice at living out your holy life even when you want to live it out better.
Welcome to our daily need for Jesus.
He knows it. He hurts when we turn our backs from Him. When we do, say, and think those things that are contrary to the holy life He designed for us, those holes in His hands and feet must pain Him. I can almost hear Him say to Himself, “I’m so sorry you’re going through that, Dave” when I choose words and deeds that aren’t what He originally had in mind. And when I’ve realized, yet again, how I messed up and how much I need Him to make me clean, I can also hear Him say “of course I love you. I’ve been here with you all along.” He went through those same sins that pain me. Amazing.
Jesus saved us from the death that is separation from Him. He saved us from that awful truth designed for those who actively reject Him. Instead of creating us for hurt and pain and hell, Jesus created us to call us to live a holy life; a life declared sacred, consecrated, dedicated to serving Him. For some that means serving in the formal church. For others it means using our talents as parents, welders, managers, engineers, dentists, teachers, and every talent you can think of in helping others and providing a thankful living. We don’t do the work we do just because it’s good work (which it often is). We do it because He calls us to do it.
Jesus did this not because we’re so wonderful (though in His eyes we are) but because He is a loving, just, holy God who was this way since before we were born. He understood we would love Him but rebel against Him and, therefore, need Him to make things right again. Every time we do work well, we get to look to Jesus and say “thanks. I need You!” Every time we realize we’re thick with our sins again, we get to look to Jesus and say “thanks. I need you!”
So I’ll ask again: how are you doing with Your holy life? The better answer is “forget that.” Focus on Jesus instead.
For further reading: Romans 8:28, Romans 11:14, Ephesians 2:9, 2 Timothy 10.
Lord Jesus, thanks. I need You!