Choosing Righteousness

2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

God forgives us of our sins, and it is the work of Christ on the cross that saves us, but sometimes we just need to step out of the muddy pit and into the clean wellspring of righteousness. We can still choose to allow dirt into our lives, or we can forsake some things in order to pursue a life of holiness. We can choose to avoid bad things, negative things, sinful things, and we can choose to go after righteous things, good things, positive things. We can avoid things that tempt us and threaten to drag us down and seek out things that will draw us closer to God and further from worldliness.

We are God’s children, and maybe it’s time we start to act like it. Maybe it’s time to start obeying His command to come out of the world and walk in His ways. Maybe it is time to forsake some things for His sake. Maybe it’s time to abide more closely beside Him and walk a straighter path, be more careful and conscious of what we say and what we do and how we say it and how we do it. Maybe it’s time to start caring more about how we’re walking and who’s watching us and who we’re supposed to be shining for.

Maybe we just need to ask ourselves a few simple questions to gauge the state of our hearts. What do we think about God? How important is obeying Him? And do we want to honor Him? If we do want to honor Him and we do want do be holy like He commands us to be, then let’s implement that in our lives. Let’s seek His will and His glory. Let’s search His Word and be conformed to Christ’s likeness. Let’s keep our hearts pure and clean before Him. Let us submit to Him completely and let Him work, willing vessels fit for His use.

No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord, our sanctification is a process. It’s not going to happen all at once, but day by day by day and choice by choice by choice. We can choose to walk through the mud pit of sin and submit to every fleshly desire, or we can walk around it. We can wash our feet every day or let the mud and dirt cake on our feet and build up and last long. But may remembering who God is and what He’s done for us spur us on in our pursuit of holiness.

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