A La Carte
Are we allowed to ‘pick’ and ‘choose’ what we want to believe about God? About all He has to say to us in His Word? Can we just pick the parts that suit us well and ignore those that make us feel uncomfortable or call us to change? Is it ok to approach the Christian life like an A La Carte menu?
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life.”
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.”
“Work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”
"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
“Everything they do is for show… Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
“You who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”
“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”— but not everything is beneficial.
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Quotation information.
“The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it.”
“When we neglect a part of God’s nature, we shouldn’t be surprised when that same attribute goes missing in our lives.”
IS MY STANDARD CONSISTENT WITH GOD’S STANDARD?
EVERY DECISION WE MAKE IS TO REFLECT BEING HOLY AS HE IS HOLY.
WHY DOES GOD CALL US TO BE HOLY?
- THAT WE MIGHT SEE GOD.
- SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SEE WHAT HE IS LIKE IN WHAT WE ARE LIKE.
WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE BE HOLY IN EVERYTHING WE DO?
- HOLINESS IS TO BE LIKE CHRIST IN ALL YOU DO