What makes us holy?
That’s a God-thing, isn’t it? How can humanity reach such an exalted state?
Surely it’s a goal, the carrot on the stick, the thing we strive toward, even when we know it’s impossible this side of glory.
Pope Paul, on November 1, 2019, said otherwise. He noted that the Apostles, the early saints in the Bible, did, indeed, achieve holiness.
They just didn’t manage it alone. They “lived with their feet on the ground” and achieved holiness by “the fruit of the grace of God and of [their] free response to it.”
Pope Paul is saying the Apostles had a choice, and they chose Jesus.
We choose holiness by our response to the call of Christ.
Here’s one way it works from the New Testament.
1 Thessalonians 4:6-7 says:
“That no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
The underlining isn't in the original, but essentially, payback is not ours. We must leave others’ offenses against us in God’s hands.
When we can release our revenge into the care of God, we’ve taken two steps up the holiness ladder.
God is calling us to an exalted state. Salvation is our foot on the bottom rung. It’s time for us to climb. Take the hand of Jesus and step up to holiness today.
We can do this, become like Christ, when we let him have control.
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