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Human beings need goals—we are just wired that way.  We need to have something to strive for—in our careers, personal lives and with our families.

What should our goal be as Christians?  Salvation?  Or holiness?  I submit to you it should be holiness.  Jesus has already attained salvation for us by his sacrificial death on the cross.  Our salvation is secure because of our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior.  But too many Christians see that as the finish line, instead of the beginning of life in this world.

Jesus and Paul preached the complete gospel—one of salvation and of deliverance from the power of sin in our lives.  But sadly we seem to be increasingly preaching only half of the good news of the gospel—salvation; and ignoring the part that calls us out of our sinful ways toward holiness in Jesus Christ.

The sad thing is we continue to

live in bondage because sin still has a hold on us.  We struggle where we shouldn’t; we get ourselves in tough situations because of the consequences of our sin, and we fail to lead the life of victory that Jesus came to give us.

I think it is part of our human nature to always look for the easy way out.  And our easy way as Christians is to accept the free gift of salvation without any of the responsibilities that come with it.  A responsibility to turn away from the desires of our flesh and seek only the things of God.

Salvation is a free gift from God to anyone who truly accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior—but that free gift comes with a responsibility—a pursuit of holiness.  Can we lose our salvation by not accepting the responsibilities that come with it?  That is God’s call.  But at the least our professed love of Jesus Christ should compel us to walk away from our sinful nature and pursue Him with all our heart, mind and strength.  Yes, we will fail and sin again and again.  But when we do are we feeling a godly sorrow for our disobedience and repenting, asking God to deliver us from our sinful bondages?  Or do we just go on and play the “get out of jail free” card?

God challenges us to be holy because He is holy.  Are we accepting that challenge?