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“The Lord Seeks Our Holiness”

By Don Loftis | 10.05.16

It takes a lot of work to clean a house.  Scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, polishing, and organizing are just some of the tasks leading to a tidy home.  However, the most frustrating part of the process is that we know it will have to be done again next week.  The same is true for the yard and the car.

 

God has used a series of disciplinary acts to repeatedly call His family to a greater measure of holiness.  In Noah’s day, God sent a flood to destroy most of the earth’s population. On a more limited basis, He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their unrighteous lifestyles.  Israel’s repeated disobedience landed them in foreign captivity.

 

Even though Judah’s stay in Babylon led them to  permanently reject idolatry, years later the prophet Malachi wrote, “For behold the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff.”  Jesus described a final judgment scene where sinners would be sent off like the goats–eternally separated from the righteous.

 

Why has God continually “cleaned house?”  His ongoing efforts serve two great purposes.  First, they have removed many unrighteous leaders and many sinful influences.  Each purging increased the concentration of godliness in the world.  Secondly, each of these stories continue to call us to God’s desire that we be holy as He is holy.  In part, this is achieved by the awareness of the final judgement and the final separation.  As the song says, “There’s a great day coming, there’s a great day coming, when the saint and the sinner will be parted right and left.  Are you ready for that day to come?

 


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