HOLINESS – SPREADING THE FLAMES
Mike and Julie McGhghy
Greetings from Costa Rica! What a privilege it is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in Costa Rica and with our Azusa StreetRiders brothers and sisters.
ASR is a motorcycle ministry seeking to unite all motorcycle riders in Oneness Apostolic Churches around the world to spread the Holy Ghost flames of revival begun on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in the Book of Acts. We seek to spread the Acts 2:38 message to motorcycle riders and their families regardless of their existing beliefs, their loyalties, their church attendance, their traditions or their socioeconomic status. THE SOUL-SAVING MESSAGE OF ACTS 2:38 IS FOR ALL!
As we travel throughout the world, including the United States where the vast majority of ASR members reside, we present our message very boldly on our backs as we wear our patches that proclaim Acts 2:38. It is this great tool that often opens conversations with other people about salvation and provides opportunities to pray for and minister to people outside of ASR. We praise God for these opportunities and continuously pray that He will put people within our paths so that we might minister to them.
With the privilege of ministering for our Lord, we carry the responsibility of living the message, not just speaking it. And what does living the message look like? It looks holy! After all, we are called by God to “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. But what does being holy look like?
ASR is made up of many Oneness Apostolics from many different parts of the world, organizations, and congregations. Although our cultures and convictions may differ, the word of God is constant! His word provides all the guidance we need to live the Acts 2:38 message before the whole world. When people see our patch, they want to see more than a scriptural reference. They want to see a scripture-based life.
So, let’s remember that living holy is comprised to two things:
- Separation unto God (2 Corinthians 6:17-18); and
- Dedication to God.
We want to live a life that: is pleasing to God for God’s own sake, not our own; communicates Christ to others; and evidences that we are members of the family of God, which is a holy family, a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). In the next few issues of the Rumblings, we (Mike and Julie) will be reviewing the scriptural guidance for living a holy life before the world. As a resource we will be referencing Dr. David K. Bernard’s books In Search for Holiness and Practical Holiness: A Second Look.
Throughout this month, please remember that we live a holy life by faith and cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 3:11; Ephesians 2:8-10. We do not earn our salvation through holiness! Nor do we live holiness through our own strength. We live holiness through faith! God created us and strengthens us to walk in holiness. Philippians 2:13. The Christian life is a close, personal relationship with God. It is a constant, intentional effort to draw closer to God and to become more like Him, which is to search for holiness. If we let His Spirit lead us and if we will cultivate the fruit of the Spirit then holiness will come naturally and easily. And it will be a joy and not a burden. It will be a normal way of life that will be evident to those the Lord sends our way that we might share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and our lives. This is how we will spread the Holy Ghost flames of revival.