In the forests of northern Europe and Asia lives a little animal called the “ermine” this animal is known for his snow-white fur in the winter. The ermine are small and weighs between 3 – 15 ounces. He instinctively protects his white coat against anything that would soil it. Fur hunters take advantage of this unusual trait of the ermine. They don’t set snare to catch him, but instead they find his home, which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hallow in an old tree. They smear the entrance and interior with grime. Then the hunters set their dogs loose to find and chase the ermine. The frightened animal flees toward home but doesn’t enter because of the filth. Rather than soil his white coat, he is trapped by the dogs and captured while preserving his purity. For the ermine, purity is more precious than life. H. G. Bosch
The basic meaning of holiness is to “set apart.”
Holiness must also be the Church’s collective goal as the body of Christ to demonstrate the virtues of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures says, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 15-16).
Also it say in (1 Peter 2:9) However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
As believers, we need to “set apart” from the world unto to the Lord. God isn’t calling us to be perfect, but to be distinct from the world.
Holiness begins with a relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior. By accepting His gift of eternal life in our Lord Jesus. We must first make sure we are born-again believers. Only thru Christ, our sins are washed away or our pursuit of holiness is in vain. (1Peter 1:2) God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit's help so that you are obedient to Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood. May good will and peace fill your lives!
COGOP Riverside, this month our theme is “HOLINESS” not only locally but world-wide, every church ministry will be talking, teaching, and preaching about “HOLINESS”, so let us pray unto the Lord and His Spirit, to lead us in this theme. AMEN!
Posted on Wed, September 11, 2013
by Bishop Joe Orona filed under