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Being Holy Takes Time

"Make friends of God's children; Help those who are weak" (From "Take Time to be Holy by W.D. Longstaff)

When I decided to become a teacher many years ago, I put in a lot of time and effort to be a good one. In my mid 20s I wanted to compete in a marathon. There were a lot of early morning runs in the dark as time and effort were a necessity. The Lord wants us to be holy.(Heb. 12:14) It goes without saying that He does not sprinkle "holy dust" on us. Being holy and righteous takes time and effort on our part. The line that I have excerpted from W.D. Longstaff's song this morning gives us two more aspects that are involved in being holy. "Make friends of God's children; Help those who are weak."

We know from reading in the Book of Acts (second chapter) that soon after they became Christians the people made devotion to one another a staple of their existence. When they saw someone in need, they did everything they could to meet those needs. This devotion to one another made their resolve to continue in the teachings of the apostles easier. In Ecclesiastes 4:12, the writer says; "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." These are powerful words that tell us that in fellowship there is strength. Making friends of God's children helps us immensely on the road to holiness. Letting our brothers and sisters know how much they mean to us in fellowship helps to make us more faithful and steadfast Christians....More holy.

The Bible is filled with admonitions toward service. One of the most powerful and poignant examples is found in the Parable of the Good Samaritan in the tenth chapter of the Book of Luke. A man went the extra mile in helping one who was weak. I could list verse after verse after verse about serving those who have needs. "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself said" 'It is more blessed to give than to receive' " (Acts 20:35). "Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in various forms....If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides" (1 Peter 4: 11&12).

To be holy, we must take the time to be with our brethren at every opportunity. To be holy we need to take the time to look for opportunities to help others. Remember! "The world rushes on" We must fine the time to be holy.....

Have a great day...It would be a good day for a RAK Love mark Phil. 4:1

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