Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
today was another pleasant day in Fife with sunshine interspersed with some cloud. The temperature was mild, perfect for some outdoors work. I retrieved the pressure washer from the shed and set about cleaning the ramps to our front door, it never fails to amaze me how dirty they get. The grime lifted from the concrete in neat lines exposing the white surface below. It is perfect work for deep thought or prayer. I found myself thinking about my recent reading material, “Helps To Holiness” by Samuel L. Brengle.
As I pressure washed it occurred to me that the process of removing stubborn dirt can be applied to our lives, as we seek to be holy. Our Father God calls us to seek the family trait of being holy (1 Peter 1:16), as He is Holy. Every child seeks to be like mum or dad, all be it in a lesser capacity but still receives the adoring love of the parent. So it is with the child of God and their Father, as we endeavour after holiness.
As we strive towards the deeper goals of holiness, we need to take practical steps to “pressure wash” our life to remove the grime of sin. Having been saved by redemption through Christ we must then clean house, avoiding temptations that will lead us away from God. The space left by worldly activities should be cleansed by the disciplines of holiness; fleeing from sin in all its forms (in mind and body), regular Bible reading and study, and much prayer, drawing us to deeper holiness before our Father. The work of holiness is a life long seeking to be as near to God as we can manage in an imperfect world. Like my paths will need cleaned again regularly, so will our life need constant cleansing in the disciplines of holiness.
Dear reader, let us together strive to be holy that we may draw near to our Heavenly Father. As we cleanse ourselves from sin and temptation we get closer to that glorious day when we will meet our Saviour, on our last day on earth.