THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
2 Kings 22:8-23:3
To grow in holiness, it is crucial for one to read, meditate
on and study the Bible. The Bible contains the words and instructions
of God Himself. Daily and constant reading of the Bible, and
trying to live out what we read, will surely move us along
the path of holiness.
Bible itself uses different words to refer to the instruction
it contains. These are statutes, law, commandments, testimonies,
way, promise, judgments and precepts (Ps 119:33-40). These
show the richness and great variety of God’s instruction
contained in this holy book. These are all designed to lead
us into a life of holiness. “See how I long for your
precepts; in your righteousness give me life.” (Ps 119:40).
can we be holy through the Bible? We must look to God’s
statutes and strive to “keep them with care” (Ps
119:33). We must desire to keep God’s law and “observe
it with all my heart.” (Ps 119:34). To read the Bible
but not to act on what we read and learn is useless. We must
know that the Bible is God’s blessed gift to us, and
truly desire to be led along the right path, “for that
is my delight.” (Ps 119:35).
guidance contained in the Bible, God’s people can easily
go astray. This is what happened to God’s people Israel.
King Josiah realized that “the rage of the Lord has
been set furiously ablaze against us, because our ancestors
did not obey the words of this book, nor do what is written
for us.” (2 Kgs 22:13b). Fortunately, in restoring the
temple, the high priest Hilkiah “found the book of the
law in the temple of the Lord” (2 Kgs 22:8). And King
Josiah started his religious reform.
Bible is our guidepost for Christian living. Unless God’s
people know the Bible and are guided by it, we cannot grow
in holiness and would even be led astray. Would that our pastors
and servant leaders would follow the example of King Josiah,
as he “made a covenant in the presence of the Lord to
follow the Lord and to observe his commandments, statutes,
and decrees with his whole heart and soul, and to re-establish
the words of the covenant written in this book. And all the
people stood by the covenant.” (2 Kgs 23:3).
Practical suggestions for getting into the Bible:
(1) Read the daily Church readings, using readily available
Bible reading guides.
(2) In reading From the SG articles, look up the Bible passages
indicated. Read the verses before and after for better context.
(3) Learn the LBS methodology, and form your own LBS group,
whether in the family or with community brethren or in the