God has saved us and called us to a holy life . . . (2 Tim. 1:9)
Your view of the holiness of God is essential to perspective in ministry.
We often think of the holiness of God as something that should instill fear as His holiness defines His expectations for us –“just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Pet. 1:15-16). Stepping outside of those boundaries leads to spiritual death for the unbeliever because “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23) and “without holiness, no one will see God” (Heb. 12:14). Lack of holiness in the believer can lead to discipline as “God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness” (Heb. 12:10-11).
We could get to feeling like we are in trouble. No matter how many years we have been a Christian and have served the Lord, we will fall short. And, the people we work with and serve will not be holy. “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:10). Your experience has probably confirmed this truth.
Yet, God’s holiness is as much of a blessing to us as His love and grace. Through it we find perspective to endure ministry hardships and difficult people. Here’s why:
- God’s holiness can be a source of hope and encouragement.
Because of God’s holiness, even on the worst ministry day, we can know that there is something better. This sin ridden world will one day be consumed by His holy fire and a new heaven and earth will be ushered in (2 Peter 3:10-13). Knowing this gives us reason to join with the heavenly creatures in Revelations 4:8 saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
- God’s holiness can be a tool that helps us be more understanding of those we serve.
God’s holiness points us to His grace as He “saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” (2 Tim. 1:9). Realizing that only by His grace will we be holy, we should be more patient and understanding of those with whom and to whom we minister.