This is the free student devotional for God Is…, Session 1: God Is Holy.
Consider this quote: “Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.” —Mother Teresa
Consider the words of Ephesians 1:3-4 and underline what the passage says about what God says we’re born to be: “ Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. ” -Ephesians 1:3-4
God didn’t choose us for sin, but for holiness. Imagine how truly understanding this truth could change your thinking:
• How would you view sin? Is sin really something you were born to do or something you should avoid?
• How does this answer your excuses when you’re tempted with sin?
You weren’t made for sin, but for holiness.
Behind the Story
Because we were created in the image of a holy God, humans were created for goodness and holiness. But when sin entered the world, it informed our choices. This is why sinners, as hard as they try, cannot be holy. Only Christ, who rescued us from the curse of sin, can make us holy. That’s why the pursuit of holiness—the set-apart life—calls us back to what we were originally created to be. As Christians, we no longer have to be defined by our sinful choices, but by the glorious new identity we have in Christ.
List the most common excuses you make when you’re tempted to sin. Recognize them as excuses and confess that to God. Beside each excuse, jot down one way you will pursue holiness in that situation. For further study, read the real story of who you were truly created to be in Ephesians 2, Romans 1-3, and Colossians 3.