“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do”
(1 Peter 1:15)
The Spirit is referred to as the Holy Spirit. As God He is holy. He is focussed on holiness and His intention is to make us truly holy.
As believers we are made holy – set apart for God – so that we can become (increasingly) holy as we are grown and developed by the Spirit into the likeness of Christ – the perfect model and expression of holiness. This growth is progressive – “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In so far as we are open to the Spirit’s influence
• He helps us to live God’s life – not ours
• He pours the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5)
• He produces the spiritual fruit that is the evidence of His grace (Galatians 5:22)
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
• He liberates and uses the gifts that He has planned for us (1 Corinthians 12)
• He empowers us for the life, ministry and mission of Christ (Acts 1:8)
and for the good works planned for us in advance (Ephesians 2:10)
The Spirit will not sanction our coming to Jesus singing ‘Just as I am’ – and then remaining just as we were! He is more interested in our characters than our comfort – in the kind of people we are and are becoming than in what we accomplish. It is what He will accomplish in us and through us that is of paramount importance.
The Spirit will help us in every area of our life – to live it God’s way.
Lord God, it is Your Kingdom and Your will that has to be the most important. Please help me to trust and follow You in all areas of my life. Amen.