The path to a more holistic holiness is not simply trying harder to do better. On the contrary, fallen people need the work of the Holy Spirit to be made holy people. Our job is to submit every dimension of our lives to the Spirit each day (Ephesians 5:18), asking him to cleanse all that is impure (1 John 1:9), transform all that is not Christlike (Romans 8:29), and empower us to “be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). To this end, I want to recommend a small booklet that has inspired more than ten million readers, myself among them.
Memorial Day is approaching. Are you looking for ways to do more this year to honor those who sacrificed to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy? Memorial Day is a day to honor and commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that so many brave men and women have made, so it is certainly a day to pay our respects to these individuals, even if that is in death. Memorial Day is also a day to honor the families of these veterans who are in our communities. There are so many ways to give back even just a little bit of what these veterans have sacrificed for us, and below we provide you with just a few ideas to get you started. We thank the Lord for our vets and their families and hope that they will feel honored, appreciated, and loved this Memorial Day.
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Humans were created to need our Creator and each other. As a result, we each feel an innate need to be loved and to love, to be served and to serve, to be trusted and to trust. In a day when such trust is in short supply, Christians have a providential opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of our faith in action. When we follow Jesus’ example by washing the feet of those we lead (John 13:1-13), we can then inspire them to “wash one another’s feet” (v. 14).