A Call to Personal Holiness

A Call to Personal Holiness

Matthew 17: 8 – 9

Hard words are not harmful words when they come from Jesus. Here, Jesus is calling us to personal holiness, however costly and painful, as His path for us ‘to enter life.’ The Lord is not telling us literally to maim ourselves. His point is this: we must resolve that whatever the personal cost, we will follow the upward call of God in Christ. Yes, the Lord is working in us that which is pleasing in His sight. We are trusting in His merit and power. But we are not passive in our sanctification. Our part is to oppose our sins with sharp discipline. And it isn’t optional. Our Lord is saying to us, “Whatever it takes, get free, follow Me, and enter life. The only alternative is hell.” Let us pursue holiness rigorously. By His grace and for His glory, we will enter the life that is truly life forever.

Ray Ortlund