What is true holiness?
In Hebrews 12:14, we are told to pursue holiness. How does one pursue that lifestyle? Of what does holiness truly consist? Although much of the Christian teaching we hear would have us to believe that holiness is what we say, what we do, and how we behave, holiness is so much more!
Where is my righteousness?
During my experience as a Bible teacher, I have heard people make the following statement: “I would love to give my life to Jesus Christ, but there is no way I could live it.” My reply is always this: “You are right. You can’t.” I have received some priceless facial expressions with this reply, but the fact is, I am right. In myself, I am completely unable to live the Christian life as the Bible commands, and so are you.
What is a person to do? Should you just give up and sin recklessly because you are unable to live the life the Bible instructs you to live? No, not at all. It is at this point that you should look and see the source of your righteousness—Jesus Christ!
Christ in me!
Galatians 2:20 (MEV) contains an important truth about pursuing holiness. It states the following: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” What happens when I come to Christ? My sinful nature dies, and I come alive to a new nature—Christ in me. He is the one who makes me righteous. It is impossible for me to make myself righteous, and that is why many Christians are in such religious bondage–from pursuing righteousness by their own merits.
If you are in Christ, you will walk free from sin, but it will not be of your own goodness. It will be Christ in you (see Romans 6). If you or I were capable of living without sin on our own, it would not have been necessary for Jesus to leave heaven and come to Earth to live and die, then, live again. We were hopelessly enslaved to the power of sin, but God gave us Jesus. He is our righteousness. He is holiness.
Since Jesus Christ is my righteous, my holiness, then to pursue holiness as Hebrews 12:14 says is to pursue Christ! Go after Him! You will not have to go far. He is waiting on you to draw near. Because of the cross, you can approach Him with confidence. He is in you if you have accepted Him as Savior. If you haven’t accepted Him, there is no time like the present.
What good is it to try to pursue self-righteousness? No good! Self-righteousness is a pathetic attempt to glorify you. The righteousness of Christ glorifies God, the Father.
If you pursue Christ, you let go of yourself and allow Him to live through you. As a result, your life will display the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The life you live will be a result of Christ in you, and nothing of your nature!
Pursue Christ Himself! Seek Him. Love Him. He will change you, completely transform you. You will never be the same. You will lose your self-righteous attitude because you will clearly see that your righteousness in Jesus Christ!