“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.”
Psalm 148:13 (NIV 2011)
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether in life or by death.”
Philippians 1:20 (NIV 2011)
One of the greatest dangers for the Christian who is seeking to live a holy life is the temptation to make that kind of living an end in itself. That is, the focus comes to be on our achievement (or lack of thereof!) as a holy person. That is deadly.
Satan does not really care how he gets us to focus on ourselves. The result is a morbid introspection on the one hand, and an arrogant self-righteousness on the other, with every other kind of aberration in between. So what is the solution? It is to exalt Jesus.
The holy life is not an “it,” but a “him.” It is about walking with God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit, about knowing him, about pleasing him, about glorifying him. Let us not exalt an experience, but Jesus; let us not exalt this ideal behavior, or that, but Jesus.
The holy life is a by-product of a holy relationship. When we are in love with him, wanting him to be glorified in every part of our life, then life like his, a holy life, just naturally flows out of us. But that kind of life is not the goal. Jesus is the goal. Let us exalt him.
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