Day: January 12, 2012

What My Obedience To God Costs Other People

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

As they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon . . . , and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus —Luke 23:26

If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything— it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we obey God, it will mean that other people’s plans are upset. They will ridicule us as if to say, “You call this Christianity?” We could prevent the suffering, but not if we are obedient to God. We must let the cost be paid.

When our obedience begins to cost others, our human pride entrenches itself and we say, “I will never accept anything from anyone.” But we must, or disobey God. We have no right to think that the type of relationships we have with others should be any different from those the Lord Himself had (see Luke 8:1-3).

Holiness or Hell

Daryl Wingerd 90x115by Daryl Wingerd 

The definition of holiness includes the concept of being distinct, set apart from everything (or everyone) else. Christians are holy people in two ways. First, believers are holy in God’s sight in terms of their position. Through faith in Christ, they are uniquely set apart by God, and for God. In this sense, no true Christian can be any more holy than he already is.

The Bible also speaks of the need for consistent and increasing holiness in behavior. Therefore, the holy person practices righteousness rather than sin, lives in purity rather than uncleanness, is godly rather than worldly.

Consider four facts from the Bible about holiness in behavior: