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Life At Its Best: Being holy isn't a title, it's what's in the heart

By By Jim Graff
Oct. 12, 2012 at 5:12 a.m.

Jim Graff

What comes to mind when you hear the word holiness? As a Catholic kid, I'd picture our pope or the nuns from church. To me, holiness was something that came with a title and was reserved only for spiritual people.

It wasn't until I was 17 years old that I really realized how wrong my definition was. I learned that being holy isn't about an external title or position; it's about the heart. I found that if I started embracing and practicing God's principles, He could make me clean and turn my life around.

The same truth applies for all of us. God isn't limited by our mistakes; He can cleanse us of anything. Hebrews 2:11 says, "Both the One who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family."

When we commit ourselves to God, He not only makes us clean, but he accepts us as members of His family. He forgives and forgets the sins of our past and enables us to live the incredible life he has planned.

Peter learned this truth in Acts 10. He was on a rooftop praying in the city of Joppa when God showed him a large sheet dropping from the sky. Inside were animals that were considered unclean for Jews to eat.

God commanded Peter to kill and eat the animals he saw, but he replied, "I've been trained in your ways . and I've never eaten food that you've called unclean." Then God answered, "Don't call anything impure that God has made clean."

God didn't send Peter this message to instruct him about food, but about people. God knew that hours later, Peter would have the chance to witness to a Gentile man, considered unclean by the law. So before he went, God wanted him to understand his power to make any person clean, regardless of who they are. He wanted to make clear that no one is excluded from the opportunity to be made holy.

That message still applies to us today. God's gift of holiness isn't reserved only for certain people. It's available to everyone and has the power to bring fulfillment to every area of our lives. 2 Timothy 2:21 says, "Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be . set apart as holy, useful to the master . ready for every good work."

God has called us to do great works for Him. As we allow Him to cleanse us and learn to follow His principles, we'll experience His wholeness in every part of our lives.

So let me ask you: what's keeping you from allowing God to cleanse your heart? Don't focus on your mistakes, but be confident in his love and ability to cleanse you right where you are. Begin applying his principles to your life so that he can bring forth the potential he's placed inside of you. Start fresh and begin experiencing his best today.

Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.

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