Elders Corner – Striving for Holiness
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ~1 Peter 1:14-16
Greetings Wellspring and Praise the Lord for air conditioning! As Pastor Bryan mentioned a few weeks ago, we need to give thanks for all things, and after working outside it sure is nice to come into a nice cool room. I was in Central Oregon last weekend with LeAnn at her family reunion, so I missed being with my Wellspring family. But once again, Praise the Lord for technology! On Wednesday, I was able to watch Pastor Bryan’s message from the comfort of my living room (the air conditioned living room, I might add).
The overriding “take-away” I got from Bryan’s message was, “my family’s greatest need is my holiness”. As a husband, a father (many times over) and a father-figure (many times over), I feel both the burden and privilege of striving for holiness. “It would be better for him (me) to have a millstone tied around his neck and be cast into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to sin.” That should make us tremble!
Not only do I need to set an example by striving for holiness, but I need to be an active parent by “training up my children in the way they should go.” That means I can’t sit back and let them sin without speaking into their lives— in love. Granted, I can’t stop my children (who are all now grown) from sinning any more than I can stop myself, but I can at least show them the Truth and let them know that God has a better plan for them.
On a broader scale, Bryan mentioned that our Elders are also striving for holiness. Please be in prayer for our church leadership that we will cling to the Truth as we “toil and strive” in this pursuit. Because our church family’s greatest need is our holiness.
Blessings on behalf of your Elders,
~ Pastor George