Holiness is not just a work but fruit.
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We recently talked about holiness. Holiness is about sharing. Holiness is about looking like Jesus. Holiness is about representing God. But does your holiness make you happy? It should.
What do I mean by happy? Happy is defined as “feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.” So are you feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your holiness? If not, why not?
The Bible is not afraid of using various words for work: striving, effort, fighting, etc. The problem with working for holiness is in the idea of self-attainment. Take a breather, God has already laid out a plan for you. Paul tells us about it in his letter to the Philippians.
12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:12-13, AMP
It’s not your work by gritting your teeth and just doing it. It’s by Holy Spirit living in you and directing your actions to produce the work that gives God…
22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Romans 6:22, NKJV
The fruit of holiness? Yep. While you won’t find it mentioned in Galatians 5:22-24. But Paul talks about it in Romans. Fruit is produced by connection, not completion. A grapevine doesn’t pull a muscle to make grapes. An apple tree doesn’t pop a vessel trying to make an apple. Fruit is produced by simply being who they are. I may have stretched that metaphor tighter that a rubber band, but I think you get the point.
It’s a sad fact that many of us have made happiness and holiness diametrical opposed. While the truth is that the Bible tells us to be and do both!!
Be holy as I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16, NKJV
Be happy in your faith at all times. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, PHILLIPS