In my Sunday morning’s reading of G. Campbell Morgan’s sermon on Holiness: It’s fruit, I meditated upon our Christian journey.
God is Holy and He requires that we be holy if we are to walk daily in a faithful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.The characteristics instilled in us by God can be used for selfish gain or be used in the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Every normal citizen of a country has a love of self, admiration of the world, passion for ownership of goods…land, home, a great love for kindred and friends, and patriotism. These characteristics define the Christian as well, but God removes the veil from the heart of the child of God who sees through the prism of a heavenly light.(2 Cor. 14) All characteristics are to be under God’s control. The narrow view of the ordinary man/woman becomes a broader and a deeper one. The love of self evolves into the love of God, “For in Him we live and move and have our Being.”
A recognition of the beauty of God’s handiwork and the suffering of His creatures that make this planet their home broadens the Christian’s viewpoint and implants a tendency to reach out to the world and alleviate the suffering.
God implanted the passion for gathering up the goods of this world in us and the passion is transformed within the Christian in a growing awareness that all belongs to God. The Christian acknowledges the stewardship that inspires him/her to share with others. By the surrender of our self to Him on our journey to reflect His holiness in our lives … we… …are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit…2 Corinthians 3-17-18. (NIV Bible)
The fruits of our lives are evident in the way we walk whether by the world’s standard or by God’s standard.
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