THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
CONFORMING TO THIS AGE
September 3, 2017
We are called to holiness. We are to be “holy and pleasing
to God” (Rom 12:1b). To be holy is to be set apart.
It is to be not of this world. It is to think not as the world
does but as God does. “Do not conform yourselves to
this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”
do we become holy? We need to “discern what is the will
of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom
12:2b). God wills for us to be holy. We are to be good and
to do good. We are to live lives that are pleasing to Him.
We are to strive for Christian perfection.
people think as the world does, and not according to the mind
of God. Even Peter was not spared such human ways of thinking,
which to us seem reasonable. Told by Jesus that he would suffer
greatly and be killed, “Peter took him aside and began
to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall
ever happen to you.’” (Mt 16:22). Peter’s
well-intentioned thought was very natural. But it was not
according to the mind of God. In fact, in desiring to keep
Jesus from his passion, he was doing something unholy, the
very work of the evil one. So Jesus rebuked him in turn. “Get
behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking
not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Mt 16:23).
Jesus taught them what was the will of God for his disciples.
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mt 16:24). Totally
opposite from what the world desires. Not self-fulfillment
but self-denial. Not embrace of comfort but of the cross.
Not following one’s own desires but only Jesus. This
was how a true disciple is to be set apart.
be holy is to allow God to turn our world topsy-turvy. We
must know that the ways of the world are so diametrically
different and opposed to the ways of God. The world will bring
us to destruction. Only Jesus saves. “For whoever wishes
to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life
for my sake will find it.” (Mt 16:25).
holy, as God is holy.