One More Day, Please
By Brian C Collins
I Peter 1:16 “Be ye holy; for I Am Holy.”
“Christ did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy.” (Oswald Chambers)
If we strip away all the trappings covering the different issues, circumstances, and difficulties we have in our Christian life and even what brought us to Christ in the first place it is the terrible revealing of our unholiness. “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
This is why Paul wrote about Holiness in Romans 12:1 “…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” In Romans 6 Paul states we “should not serve sin” verse 6; in verses 12 through 14 Paul also tells us we are free from sin that we do not have to sin or yield to temptation. To some Christians this may not seam possible. However, I assure you from my own experience it is.
It is accomplished by having a close and right relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father. This is done through faith, humility, and dedication of self to studying the Bible, obeying and doing what the Bible tells us and earnest humble prayer to God through Christ Jesus. This and removing as much sinful influence from your life as possible.
Given time you will find yourself thinking about doing something wrong and then realizing — hey! I don’t have to do that, I can do something else. This may not happen every time but being transformed by the renewing of our minds takes time and it will happen enough to start building up your confidence in Christ; strengthening you in recognizing sin and being able to turn away from it more and more as we mature in Christ.
Just experiencing one day of being right with Christ, knowing that through the leading of His Spirit and the support of His Word; you can have a clarity of conscience and breath in the peace of God as fresh air, walking with a confidence in Christ. Confidence that gives you hope and motivates you to grow closer and closer to Christ so that your entire existence is with God — Just experiencing one day like that? Trust me, one day will not be enough.