God is so loving, so gracious, so kind, He never allows us to just settle. Mediocrity will never do. The lukewarm will be spewed from His mouth (Revelation 3:16), while the rest will be considered hot or cold (and cold ain’t no good, either). You see, He wants us to see the ugliness of our sin and then see our need for Him. We are helpless without Him. He wants us to yearn and long for more, drinking in more of His grace.
Maybe you’re afraid to go any further with God. You are afraid of what might be exposed. You’re afraid that you might crater because you already feel weak and frail. For that reason, I want you to know, that your identity is secure in Him and Him alone. He loves you more than anything in this world. He already knows you. He knows every hurt, every longing, every dream, every hope…and every sin (even the ones you may not see). He knows the sin that is spewed out in the open, and the sin that is hidden deep in crevices within.
As your Creator, He knit you together in your mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13-16). He knows the exact number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7) and the day that would be called your birthday (Jeremiah 1:5). He has wonderful plans for you (Ephesians 2:10) and will never ever leave you alone (Hebrews 13:5). You are God’s masterpiece, a beautiful work of art. You’ve been created with purpose, designed to give God praise.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7
God did not create you to sit back and be amused at your follies, but rather the complete opposite. He takes great delight in you, and you have been created to bring Him glory. In Christ, God has set you apart and declared you holy, and now is finishing His work.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
In the creation account, God created a Sabbath day and then declared it holy (Genesis 2:3). This day of rest was to be set apart for God, reminding us of all God has done. Further on, in Leviticus and Exodus, God gives us another example by declaring the tabernacle and each article within as holy. These furnishings were to be used exactly as God directed, and detailed instructions were given as to the precise care and cleaning of each item. Exodus 40:9 says, “Then you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and shall consecrate it and all its furnishings; and it shall be holy.”
In the same manner, the priests were chosen and set apart (Exodus 40:12-13). But wait, it doesn’t stop there. You too, as a believer, have been chosen by God and declared holy. You are His. Repeatedly in Scripture, we see God declare someone or something as holy, and then we see Him bring it about. The tabernacle items were declared holy, and then cleaned thoroughly. The priests had strict rituals to follow in order to enter the Holy of Holies. The same is true for us today. What God has declared as holy is holy indeed, and now He will continue to work it out.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (emphasis added)
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”” 1 Peter 1:14-16 (emphasis added)
We may justify our actions and motives to ease our discomfort, but the Holy Spirit continues to prod. He is not causing discomfort and pain and suffering in our lives without eternal purpose in mind. Instead, He is making you holy one moment at time.
White as fine linen.
Because you are His bride.
This declaration of holiness on your life is not a command; it is a divine promise. You are holy. A work is being done in your life right now. God considers you a work-in-progress. He isn’t finished with you quite yet, so hang on, dear sister, hang on. It will be worth the ride!
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