Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 5, 2014

March 5, 2014 “Lighthouses Blow No Horns”

“As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”  ( 1 Peter 1: 15-16) 

Good Morning Blessed Children of God!

At the church I attended as a child-the same church where I was baptized, confirmed, and later ordained as a pastor, we used to begin Sunday school as a group…kids of all ages gathered in the church fellowship hall, for a time of singing. It was my favorite part of the Sunday morning routine. We sang songs about the love of God. We sang songs about Jesus and his miracles. There were songs about the parables. Once in awhile, we would sing a song about God’s holiness. I didn’t really understand what holiness was, but I figured it must be something good because God was often called holy, as was the Bible. In fact, there was a song we sang that directed us to “Take time to be Holy.” It really wasn’t until my college days that I truly began to understand what the holiness of God was all about and what that characteristic was to look like in my own life. Yet here in 1 Peter 1:15-16, we are directed to be holy as God is holy…a quote from the Old Testament Book of Leviticus. It stands to reason, then, if we are to live “a life energetic and blazing with holiness”, we’d better have some understanding of what that means.

In all He does, God is holy…that is…God is perfect and blameless. There is no trace of evil or sin in Him. This sets God apart from all other things. But how do we, being born in sin, demonstrate the quality of holiness in our lives? We are holy when we are devoted to God and separated from sin. This is the basic concept of holiness. And there is but one way for us to do this…through Christ. In the song that I mentioned earlier, the first verse says “Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word. Holiness is a characteristic imputed to us, just as is righteousness. It comes to us through prayer and supplication. Prayer we know…”supplication” means living a life in Christ…abiding with Him, feeding on the Word. In doing so, we take on more of his characteristics…we become holy…set apart for his divine purposes. The great Dwight L. Moody said,

“A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they just shine.”

With quiet brilliance, like a lighthouse, a life marked by holiness shines and blazes as a guiding witness through the fog of sin that shrouds the world in which we live. It enables others to find their way to a safe harbor. Jesus tells us to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)  Take time to be Holy today. Speak with the Lord. Abide in Him always; feed on His word. Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; You have called each of us to live lives set apart from the world…lives of holiness. We are not holy, Lord, but we may become holy as You transform us through Your grace, Your love, and Your nature. Teach us to pursue holiness passionately, we pray, in Jesus Holy Name! Amen!

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