This is the real question of life. Are you living a life of holiness? We meet people all of the time that tell us that they are "saved." They tell us that they know they are going to go to Heaven when they die, but the real issue is simply this: Are you holy?
What Is Holiness?
Holiness is the opposite of spiritual uncleanness. Romans 6:19 says, "As ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness . . . even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness." 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, "Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Have you done that? Have you cleansed yourself from the filthiness of sin? According to 1 John 3:3 every person that is of God must become pure, "And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure." Have you done that? Have you purified yourself as God is pure?
Is Holiness a Requirement in the Bible?
Yes. Hebrews 12:14 makes that very clear. It says, "Those who are not holy will not see the Lord." Did you catch that? If you aren't holy, you aren't going to Heaven. It is one of the wonderful privileges promised in the Bible that people who go to Heaven will see God. 1 John 3:2 says, "We shall see him as he is." If you are not holy, you will not be there to see Him.
How Do I Become Holy?
First, you must repent of every sin in your life. "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3:19). This does not simply mean telling God you are sorry. This means that you must remove the sin from your life. He will give you the power to do so. This power is called grace. Grace does not cover sins you are currently committing. It only covers the sins of your past, but it does give you power to overcome sins so that you don't do them anymore.
Then, you must evaluate every relationship that you have. "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord" (2 Corinthians 6:17). Do you hang around with people who are unholy? I know that there are times when we have no choice. We may have an ungodly co-worker that we simply cannot avoid. This is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the ungodly people that we CHOOSE to spend time with. It might be a friend, a girl or boy friend, or even a family member. If you want to live holy, you must separate yourself from people who are not.
Also, you must examine your life and remove all unclean things. "Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17). This is an amazing promise, but it has a very important responsibility attached to it. Just look around you. What are the unclean things you see? You may find things like magazines, videos, books, music, alcoholic beverages, and many other things that I have not named. What would happen if Jesus looked in the cabinets and closets of your house? Would he find unclean things? What about in the refrigerator? What if he checked your internet history? Is your house ready for inspection?
Finally, you must give yourself completely to God. Jesus said that the greatest commandment is this: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). It isn't enough to simply remove ungodliness from our lives. We must dedicate ourselves to God. Romans 12:1 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God."
My friend, if you do not take the necessary steps to become holy, then you will miss out on all that God has in store for you. Learn the way of holiness. You only have one life in which to do so.