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SERMON INTRODUCTION. This is the last in our series on Living Holy. The first sermon “How You Living? Holy or Hoe-ish” asked us to look at ourselves and whether we pursue the things of God or the things of the flesh? “Holy is Who You Are” reminded us that God created us to be holy, righteous, different from the world. This is who God made us to be. But our hard-heartedness, leads to ignorance, futile thinking, lack of sensitivity to God, sensuality, and ultimately spiritual death. This last sermon emphasized two points. First, talk is cheap. It is not what or who we say we are that matters. Rather, it is being honest with God about our flaws choosing to pursue a Godly life that makes a difference. We always have a choice about what we do. What will we choose? We must choose to pursue a Godly/holy life. And, when stumble, reach out to God with a sincere heart. God forgives, cleanses and makes us holy.
JOHN/TELLING YOU WHAT I KNOW(v1-4). We’ve heard the phrase “I’m not telling you what I heard; I’m telling you what I know.” That is how the disciple John begin this letter to the church. There are those – back then and today – who claim Jesus was not real. John is making it plain . . . He has walked with, talked with . . . he knows The Lord.
TALK IS CHEAP(v5-6). We choose what we pursue. And, what we say does not always match what we do. Some claim – with their mouths – to walk with and have fellowship with God. But, their actions do not match their words. Sometimes, this is what we do.
CHOOSE TO WALK IN LIGHT (v7). Instead of being hypocrites we can choose to pursue God . . . to walk in the light and be honest about ourselves.
TALK IS CHEAP/CHOOSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SIN(v8). Here is another choice, and the critical one in choosing to pursue holiness. Are we people who “claim to be without sin?” Have you experienced or been one others who act as if they are “super holy”? This person is not just annoying but they are actually in danger. Why? What does verse 8 say about such a person?
CHOOSE TO PURSUE HOLINESS(v9). Remember that we get to choose. We can choose to lie and deceive ourselves. Or, we can choose to be honest with ourselves and our God. Pay attention, this may be the most important point. It is not our “perfect” living that leads to righteousness and holiness. It is when we confess/acknowledge our sin and seek/pursue God. Pursuing God honestly and zealously leads to our holiness.
It is not that we are perfect or better than other people. It is not that at all. It is that we are honest about ourselves and our God. We are honest about our faults and our sin. We pursue what God has for us. When we are honest in our hearts and repentant of our sin, God forgives and he attributes his holiness to us. Pursue God.