Holiness Made Simple
Many times, people say it is impossible to live holy. That is not true. Jesus lived on earth for thirty-three years without committing even a single sin. If Jesus could do it, you can do it too because His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). The problem is that we look at the concert of holiness with so much fear and just conclude that it is not possible. Holiness is simply obedience.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17
Once you know the right thing to do, do it. Simple. You have read in your Bible not to steal; don’t steal. You have read that it is wrong to lie; don’t lie. Just obey. That’s all. Now, you may say “Obedience to every single instruction from God is not easy,” but if you take it one at a time, then you would see the possibility.
“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Jesus said you should take up your cross daily. If you think about keeping your body and teeth clean for the rest of your life, it will look like a lot of work. But when you just ensure that you keep them clean daily, then you will achieve the goal for the rest of your life. You brush your teeth every morning, you take your bath every morning. When you wake up in the morning, renew your commitment to live holy just for that day.
Tell yourself “Adeboye, throughout today, you will not commit sin; you will live holy for the next twenty-four hours.” With just twenty-four hours as the goal, it is easier to achieve holiness. By the time you add thirty sets of twenty-four hours together, you would have been holy for one month and then one year and so on. Just take up your cross daily.
article by Pastor E.A Adeboye