A Reflection on Pastor Tony dela Paz’s Message on growing with the Lord through Holiness
The Hebrew word for holiness is kadesh (hagios for the New Testament) which means something cut off, separate or set apart. It describes that which is in a category all its own describing something that is elevated out of the sphere of what is ordinary. It follows that for believers (saints or “holy ones”) the call to be holy is a call to be “separated from common use and set apart, or reserved, for special use”.
For me, it is and always has been a struggle to be Holy. The road to Holiness has its trials: Sin. To become holy, one must be able to overcome temptation and part of my inner struggles is purity. Erwin Lutzer could not have said it any better: “Temptation is not a sin; it is a call to battle”. As a believer and follower of the Lord, I am in an endless struggle to keep His commandments, and I am tested every single moment of my life to be pure in thought and deed. At times I get side tracked; but I am aware that it is His way of molding me to be Holy as He is Holy. Hence, everyday I am in a “constant battle” with temptation.
Why should we pursue Holiness? The purpose of pursuing Holinessis that our bodies are to be treated as “vessels” of honor to be used by the Master (2 Timothy 2:21-22). So in preparation, we must keep our bodies as Holy and Living sacrifices for His glory (Romans 12:1). For someone who struggles with sensual sins, I pray to Him for strength, keep my mind occupied with what is “good, pure and praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8) and to swiftly flee temptation the moment it presents itself.
We are called to be Holy because we were created for that purpose alone! If we wish to “have life and live it abundantly” (John 10:10), we must abide by the very commandments that will protect such freedom! As God’s invitation to Eternal Life, we are reminded everyday that we have our Bodies and Lives to offer Him by making Holiness as our life’s pursuit.