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Take The Time To Be Holy

"Take time to be holy, speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends with God's children; Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessings to seek.

W.D. Longstaff 1882

When I was a child, my mom took us to a lot of different churches...I think that one of the common denominators in all of them was the singing of this song. We probably sing these older songs with a bit of resignation sometimes...After all, there are much newer more contemporary ones that are perhaps more upbeat and a bit trendier. Though the words of "Take Time to be Holy" are old, they are applicable today, over 125 years after its writing.

One of the things that hits me about its good advice is that being holy takes time. We have to make time in our lives to achieve holiness. A line in the second verse reminds us that the "the world rushes on." If we are not careful, in today's world of many choices, before we know it our opportunity to be holy will pass us by. The writer of the Book of Hebrews says this; "Make every effort to live at peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." That's pretty strong stuff isn't it! Being holy not only takes time and effort but it is a requirement in "seeing the Lord."

The first verse of the song which I have written for you is not God's Word, but it contains advice on being holy that is certainly Biblical. "Speak oft with the Lord" talks about the necessity of a constant payer life. Without it, how can we "forget in nothing His blessing to seek?" (The second verse says to "spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone") Our prayer life is our link to the Lord, and to be holy we must maintain that link.

The next nugget of advice is to "feed on His Word." The time that we spend in His Word will go a long way toward improving our holiness. Like prayer, it is spending time with the Lord. Without His Word to guide us, we cannot find holiness because our way will be dark. The Psalmist wrote; "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (119:105). Feeding on His means not just a cursory glance but meditating on it. For our paths to be illuminated there must be a constant light not just an occasional flicker. Being holy takes time and effort, but lets face it, anything we want to be good at takes time and effort. More on being holy next time...

Have a wonderful beginning to your week...Let His light shine in you.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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