Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Holiness is not optional. God has commanded us to be holy, saying, “Be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). While holiness begins with a change of heart, it is manifested in our actions. Before we knew Christ, all of us were unholy, but now that we know Christ, he makes us holy. Notice the beautiful phrases that define what Jesus has done for us: “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified.” Understand that holiness is not a work that we do by our own power; it is the work of Jesus Christ in us.
If you are going to become holy in all your ways, you will need to invite Christ into every area of your life. There can be no corner reserved for sin; Jesus must cleanse you entirely. The process of eradicating sin may not be easy, but it may not be as hard as you think. Sin lies to us, telling us that we cannot live without it. The truth is, we will live much better without it. I know it is hard to envision a life without sin, but this is indeed the life Jesus calls you to live now. So present yourself to Jesus and invite him to make you clean. He will deliver you and renew you entirely.
Lord Jesus Christ, I come before you a sinner in need of your redemption. Wash me, sanctify me, and justify me by the work of your Holy Spirit. Bring your light into every corner of my life and deliver me from all my sin.