For the last week we have been discussing different issues concerning perfection and holiness (and let me encourage you to go back and read these posts). We started off with the command of the Lord Jesus Christ for the believer to be perfect as God is perfect. Then we read about how the Christian must be not unequally yoked to this world but radically separate. Christ and Satan have nothing in common, and neither does one who is in Christ with someone who is in the world. Next, the lack of preaching and exhortation about perfection by pastors from the pulpit was addressed. If we take the Bible seriously then we had better start doing what it says. Then we defined holiness and how its end is perfection, again focusing on the radical change that is to take place in the life of the believer. Holiness is not a superficial “I’m sort of different from how I used to be” but a drastic change into one who is completely and totally set apart for the glory of God. Yesterday we looked at worldly perfection and how it is meaningless and unattainable, a chasing after the wind.
“Now all has been heard;
Here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
For this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
Including every hidden thing.
Whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
The reality is that life is meaningless apart from God and his will for your life. You cannot attain perfection in your own worldly life, no matter how hard you try. Nothing will satisfy that void in your life that you are trying to fill with the things of this world. Nothing, except Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.
Yet many who call themselves Christians are still chasing the wind of the meaningless in this world. They are no different than when they supposedly started walking with the Lord. Or they are only superficially different in a few small areas. The church has lost the meaning of the word holiness and the command to be perfect. It has lost the fear of the Lord and the conviction to obey his Word. So instead of being the victorious Church that Christ intends for it to be, it is stagnant, dry and barely hanging on to life, if not withered and dead altogether.
When the church forgets what the church is supposed to look like, and takes on a different image from the one God created it to have, it ceases to be the church.
Christians do not obey the command of Christ to be perfect. They are not set apart from this world. Pastors are not teaching what it is to be a Christian, set apart as holy for God and striving towards this perfection Christ has commanded. The pastors nor the congregation really know what it is to be holy and perfect by the biblical standard.
It’s time to get with the program and live what you claim to believe.
The conclusion of the matter is to fear God. Exodus 20:20 says that the fear of the Lord will keep us from sinning. Everything God has ever commanded us to do is attainable if we fear him, because then we will obey him and in turn we will not do the things he has told us not to do, or refuse to do the things that he has told us to do (https://minds2mentes.wordpress.com/2007/01/23/the-fear-of-the-lord/). Our whole duty as human beings is found in fearing God and being obedient to his will. Indeed everything we have ever done will be judged by God, whether good or bad. On judgment day God is going to weigh out your life and see if it has been lived for his glory and honor, in obedience, or if instead it has been lived for your own selfish pleasures and gains. There is not middle ground, no fence to sit on, no time to waste waiting until the last moment to “convert.” You cannot fool God and he will not be mocked. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).
Again I will ask a question absolutely pivotal: You have a responsibility to do something with what you have heard. What are you going to do about it?