February 12, 2016 by Jon Law
“…and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:18
Every decision we make is built on a number of different motivations. Think about the reasoning we take when choosing a new job. We have to balance the motivation of taking a sense of pride and joy in our work against being able to have enough money to support ourselves. Then there’s the motivating factors of our loved ones, how much free time we’ll have, the travel commitments. Every decision we have is impacted by so many different issues.
So, what should our motivations to holiness be? Well, there is a joy in living life the way God intended for us. There is a freedom from sin which sets our souls at ease. There is a unity with the Spirit and His work.
But I wonder if the motivation to holiness given in 2 Corinthians 6:18 is the greatest we can have: holiness is the pathway to experiencing life in the family of God.
‘Like father, like son.’ I remember, in my teens, the first time I fell asleep in front of the football on a Sunday afternoon, joining my dad in the land of nod. My mum commented on how I was becoming just like him! I had no problems with that: a footy nap on Sundays is not a bad thing!
Holiness is our doorway into being ‘like Father, like son.’ True, we are adopted into the family from the moment we give our life to Jesus, but are we now going to join our Father at the banqueting table of His holiness or are we going to hide away in our room. Growing up, if I was sulking and refused to come to dinner, I wasn’t any less a part of the family, I just missed out on some of the fullness that family life can bring! Holiness is our decision to get stuck into the life of our family, mimicking our Father and enjoying our brothers and sisters.
How can you live ‘like Father, like son/daughter’ today?
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