A Life Separated From Sin
“Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.
I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.’ ” II Corinthians 6:17,18 (NKJV)
As a Christian, a pastor’s wife, an individual already living a life very different from the majority of those sharing the world in which I lived, I had been thinking about what these verses meant for me.
One day as I loaded my dishwasher, I looked out the window and observed some neighborhood youth indulging in the sins of selfishness and lust. I was reminded that our world is sin-sick and full of uncleanness.
The commands to come out, be separate, and do not touch mean that I am not to be sinful or immoral, rather I have been instructed to be holy as my heavenly Father is holy. Holy? Like God? I cannot ignore the command nor change its meaning – Be holy!
“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,
‘Be holy, for I am holy.’ ” I Peter 1:15,16
Samuel Logan Brengle said, “God is in earnest about this. It is God’s will and it cannot be evaded.” He was right. Scripture points that out repeatedly.
God’s character and call to be like Him makes holy living my obligation. If I acknowledge God as my God, and Christ as my Lord, then I must be holy in all of my conduct. But He doesn’t leave it as a command with no promise.
He said he would receive me as a daughter! That is a call to a personal, intimate relationship with God. His Word assures me I can have that kind of relationship with Him, and that I can truly have something in common with the Father and His Son.
“Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” I John 1:3-4