God is “holy”.
But what does that even mean?
The Angels call their Creator holy, the Psalmist called God holy, the Spirit of God is holy.
It’s such a cliche and an overused word especially by worship leaders who may not even know what it means!
The aspect of God’s perfection creates an unavoidable separation between us who are imperfect and God who is perfect. Simply said holiness and perfection go hand in hand.
Mat 5:48 – “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
1Pe 1:15 – but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
The Greek word we translate as “perfect” is hagios which means: Brought to its end, finished. Wanting nothing necessary to completeness. Full grown, adult, of full age, mature.
That is exactly what God is and what we are not. Have you ever noticed mankind always chasing after the next thing to fill, entertain, or enhance them? It’s quite obvious we are lacking something. The very fact that evil exists is evidence to our imperfect or fractured state.
Christianity (along with Judaism) stands alone amongst the religions of the world in that it recognizes the problem of the human condition – sin. No other religion says “Man is sinful, bad, and needs help to fix that eternal problem before he can get close to God”. Instead they say the opposite, many say “Man has everything he needs inside of him to get to God or to become perfect, he just has to try hard enough.” Broken man mustering up his own salvation from within his broken self is like trying to pull your own self out of sinking sand by pulling on your own arm! The only salvation man can author is broken salvation which is no salvation at all.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the “good news” for a good reason (no pun intended). It’s the message of salvation which we have been unable to find on our own. We were so broken that God had to intervene, personally! You could even say that Christianity is about us being made complete again. The restoration of God in our lives because the debt of sin is removed.
Yet even after salvation there remains another process of being completed. This is when we mature in Christ. Spiritually we are complete because our sins are forgiven and we have the Holy Spirit in us (1Cor 6:19, Jhn 3:6, Rom 8:9). But what about our lifestyle? Do we continue to live as we did before Christ? Certainly not. We continually fill our self with God by communing with Him. If a Christian is not becoming increasingly intimate with God on a daily basis there is something wrong.
Problems occur when a person accepts Christ but continues to live as they always have, obeying the lusts of their flesh etc. We were made to know God it is built in to our design. When this “God shaped hole” is not filled with the one true God Himself we become frusterated, deceived, and delusional about our needs.
Ecc 3:11 – …Also He has put eternity in their hearts…
Rom 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
Have you ever been too busy to eat a meal? Perhaps a busy morning or work day, you purposefully had to not eat something so that you could make an important appointment? How did that make you feel? Weak, tired, iritable and distracted? Our body is designed to work on fuel – our fuel is whatever we put in our stomach for our body to dissolve and use. Chances are you make eating
Now look at this spiritually. Our spirit lives off of what we give it – if we don’t feed ourselves spiritually what does it have to live on? How much of the Word are we putting in it? How much worship are we hearing and dwelling on? How recently have you thought back and counted your blessings? How about prayer? Have you made time recently to pray for your family and friends, church or work and listen to God’s voice?
When we look at our Christianity in this way we may realize that our spirit-man is shriveled, ill, and extremely out of shape. Keep an eye on your spiritual health and needs just as you do your physical health.