"May every part of my character and conduct
make a serious and amiable impression on others,
and impel them to ask the way to the Master."
Confidence, The Valley of Vision
The more I read and hear about holiness, the more convicted I am in all my ways. Jesus is too good, too forgiving, too gracious for me to represent Him poorly, which is exactly what happens when I choose to “be conformed to the passions of my former ignorance” or “conformed to the patterns of this world” (1 Peter 1:14; Romans 12:2).
God commands and promises, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” He expects holiness from us, and He gives holiness to us. Jesus’ righteousness is ours; it's in us, imputed to us, and it's changing everything. This is how God has chosen to make us holy, through Jesus, and it’s all to the praise, glory, and honor of God Himself. By His grace, we get to become increasingly more holy, more set apart, so that others may “feel their way toward God and find Him” (Acts 17:27). What a privilege!
In Christ and by His Spirit, we have been “granted all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Praise God that He promises to finish the work He has started in us, for the good of our neighbors, family, and friends.