Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
I have been using the hymn “Take Time to Be Holy” to illustrate just what it means to follow or pursue diligently “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
I suspect that for most readers, the subject of “holiness” is strange to your ears. It may not be talked about in most churches and it may not be a popular theme even on Christian radio. But you must focus carefully on this issue if you ever hope to see the Lord.
I have discussed in prior posts here the following clauses of the hymn “Take Time to Be Holy”:
Take time to be holy.
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always,
And feed on His Word.
Make friends with God’s children;
Help those who are weak,
The next and final clause of the first stanza reads: “Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.”
I am thinking of a Bible verse which fits right in with this theme:
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
If all we say or do can be done in the name of the Lord Jesus with thanks to God and the Father by Him we surely are meeting the standard the Bible has set for us to follow.
When I was a high school student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, I wrote the following note or outline in my loose-leaf Bible:
Should you, or should you not?
- Be fully persuaded in your own mind (Romans 14:5)
- If there’s a doubt, it’s wrong–your conscience (Romans 14:23)
- Their conscience (1 Corinthians 10:29)
- If it offends none (1 Corinthians 10:32)
- If it pleases all (1 Corinthians 10:33)
- If it is to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- If it is not a compromise (1 Corinthians 10:21)
1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: