Have you ever heard the saying that : "Only the Strong survive?" I first heard it years ago and I cannot recall the context or circumstances in which it was quoted or by whom, but it stuck. And while I have heard that exact same phrase many times since then, I cannot say that I have ever used it as a motivational quote or personal mantra for my own life. I am sure that others have done so and have advised it and were able to use it to make sense of their world and I can understand why they would do so. I think it speaks to that inner strength we all desire to have, that inner strength that pushes us to persevere in spite of the odds against us or to stand up or speak up even when our knees are weak or our voice is shaky.
I can understand how the goal to be strong in order to survive seems to be the answer to our fears, our weaknesses, and our pain. Just "BE STRONG" is what people tell you when you lose your job, when you lose your loved on, when you make a bad grade, when you do not get invited to sit with the popular group in school. "BE STRONG" has become a kind of catch all, quick phrase, two word motivational speech when any situation happens in our lives that could make us feel or appear to others as hurt, wronged, insulted, and pissed. Just "BE STRONG" is what they say. It almost sounds like a "nice" slick way of saying "Get Over It" without actually saying 'Get Over It!" And before I digress, let me reel this post in and get us to the scripture for today. For almost needless to say, but I will say it anyway, I do not think that strength is all we need to survive. We NEED more than strength. We NEED something more. We NEED Holiness.
So, what about this phrase?
ONLY THE HOLY SURVIVE.
All who remain in Zion
will be a holy people—
those who survive the destruction of Jerusalem
and are recorded among the living.
This word of clarity in the midst of social chaos and spiritual famine, is actually the HOPE that the people need to hear from the Lord. It is not their strength, their charm, or their good looks that will pull them through. It is their HOLINESS. Now, I know that the word HOLINESS is a taboo word in today's society, as it probably was back then. The truth is that it is ONLY taboo or dare I even say offensive to those who are more than likely not striving to live HOLY in the first place. "Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom." (Missionary Elisabeth Elliot)
God is HOLY. And we are commanded to BE HOLY as God is HOLY. I do not believe that holiness equals perfection. If it did, that command would be impossible because there is NO perfect human being on this earth. God is perfect. Jesus in His humanity and divinity was perfect. We are NOT perfect. We all fall short of the glory of God; thus, holiness is not perfection. So, what is it?
Well, I want to suggest to you that holiness is a condition of the heart that is manifested in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. Holiness is not just being strong or good. Holiness is having one's heart open to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit and being focused on the plan and pleasure of God. And YES, Jesus is the greatest example of Holiness. My friends, we need to BE HOLY, not just strong. To be strong is not enough. Because in the time that is infinite and beyond these fleeting moments in our lives, in eternity, ALL WHO REMAIN IN ZION WILL BE A HOLY PEOPLE.
BlogFam, ONLY THE HOLY SURVIVE. So, will you open your heart to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit? Will you redirect your life's focus to reflect the plan and pleasure of God? Will you BE HOLY?
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
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