Did you notice that when you came to Christ that many sins seemed to drop away from your life overnight?
You may have been one of those people who went out drinking every Friday night, but you don’t do that anymore. Or, you may have been one of those people who constantly used profanity and loved getting together with your co-workers to share the latest dirty joke, but now that is no longer part of your lifestyle. Why don’t you do those things anymore? It is because you are holy! The “old you” has died and the “new you,” which was created in the image of Christ, has begun to live.
Now that you are in Christ, God expects you to stop sinning. In other words, He expects you to stop practicing the sins that you did before you were saved (and, yes, He also expects you to stop practicing any sins you may have started AFTER you were saved).
Do you remember the story in the Bible of the woman who was caught in the act of committing adultery? Do you also remember what Jesus said to her, after her accusers had all gone away in shame? He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
When she answered, “No,” He said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; GO AND SIN NO MORE.” (see John 8:1-8).
He told her to stop sinning! In other words, He told her to stop practicing that lifestyle of sin she had been living in, up until that day. In fact, you can do that, too. Today can be your day to start afresh in your walk with Christ!
As you well know, there are often old habits and sins that carry on from your former life, before you met Christ, and the spirit of this world is constantly trying to keep you in bondage to them. However, now that you are in Christ, God expects you to stop sinning, and keep yourself holy in all of your conduct. Why? It is because He is holy!
The Apostle Peter wrote:
“But as He who called you is holy, YOU ALSO BE HOLY IN ALL OF YOUR CONDUCT, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Let me say this: It is a lot easier to live a holy life, when you KNOW that you are holy. This is something you need to know deep in your heart. Once you KNOW that you are holy, you can resist the devil more easily, and shake off the sins of the world that are still trying to cling to you.
The Apostle John wrote:
“We know that whoever is born of God does not (practice) sin; but he who has been born of God KEEPS HIMSELF, and the wicked one does not touch him. We KNOW that we are of God (not of this world), and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:18-19 NKJV (emphases mine).
As I indicated in the text, the Apostle John was referring to “practicing” sin. You can see this from the context of his letter. All of us miss it from time to time, but God expects us to keep ourselves holy, and be quick to confess any sin that may trip us up, so that we will always remain pure, clean and glistening white before Him. You need to understand that it is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that has cleansed us from ALL sin, so that we stand before Him just as if we had never sinned. That is an amazing thing to consider!
Whether you are shaking off the sins that still cling to you from your former life before Christ, or cleansing yourself of sins which you have started since you met Christ, you can start afresh today. Today you are a new creation in Christ. The old things, up until this day, have passed away; behold, all things have become new. This is your new day. This is your fresh start. It happens every day. You are a saint, and today you can walk in the newness of your life in Christ.
You are holy!
Next week we will look at: “Where Is Your Focus?”