Memorise Galatians 5:22-23
we are now “servants to God”
I hope by now you are certain of your salvation, and have a sincere desire to lead a holy life that is pleasing unto the Lord. However, perhaps you are still unsure of how. You have been trying hard, but there are times when you still stumble and do things that are displeasing to God. Don’t worry, you are not alone! The Lord understands our struggle, and He has given to us all we need to accomplish this goal.
Today’s passage tells us that we are no longer servants of sin, but are now servants of God; and so we should produce fruit! We should live holy lives. Prior to our salvation, we were ‘free from righteousness’. This means that there was no way at all that we could do anything that could be deemed righteous before our holy God. All our lives resulted in were shameful fruits that end in death. However, when we were saved, we were freed from the bondage of sin, and now able to have fruit unto holiness. What this means is that every believer is certainly capable to lead a holy life as servants of God.
Are you “scared” of the word “holy”? It just means that we are no longer citizens of this world – we are separated unto God, citizens of the kingdom of God. This is “positional holiness”. God has given us the ability to live a life of “practical holiness”. How you may ask? The Word of God and the Holy Spirit are the tools that every believer has to enable him to walk in the paths of righteousness and to live lives in obedience to God.
Dear teen, cultivate the fruit of the Holy Spirit. These are the qualities of a mature believer. Seek to grow in love not only for God but for His people and also to the wider circle of unbelievers who are condemned to hell. Experience the joy and peace that God sends to those who trust in Him. When times are bad, stay calm and pray. You will soon experience His presence and the peace that passes all understanding. Your friends will be very surprised. That’s the way to shine for Jesus. As Jesus went about doing good, seek to do at least a good deed a day. These are some of the countless ways you can gradually lead a holy life, full of the blessings of the Lord.
Thought: To live a holy life is such a logical thing to do!
Prayer: Lord, help me to seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1).