Holiness the Engaging Never Suffocating Pursuit of -by Lois Macdonald

Holiness can conjure up images of sour-faced Christians; sanctimoniously distancing themselves from anyone wearing a contagious smile. Continually judging and criticizing from their front row seats, leaving righteousness misrepresented and misunderstood.

 “How little people know, who think that holiness is dull; when one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.” -CS Lewis.

In the pursuit of holiness, I began with my head buried in biblical theology. God waited patiently until the day I closed all my study books and asked him directly, “Lord what is holiness?” His answer was not at all what I expected! In my quest for truth, I was always looking forward never regarding the past. We arrive in this world with a God-given instinct to love unconditionally and trust whole-heartedly. Two main virtues of holiness. During that glorious period of childhood discovery, love and trust ruled my heart. A time of innocence, before adulthood and its cynicism bruised my unsuspecting ego. Our Father explained how pride is the worst enemy of his followers and how it corrupts our walk with him. He used the illustration of how subtly superiority infiltrated into the lives of Jesus’ disciples and was the reason they were rebuked in Mark 10: 14-15. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” We must be careful to not get so immersed in studying Biblical theories, that we become prideful like the Pharisees. God’s response to them was, “Thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place and with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15.

The images of “holier-than-thou” believers, wagging a finger my way, have vanished. In their place, I have hung photos of my children as constant reminders that holiness is engaging not suffocating.

One of the most thought-provoking verses in Scripture is found in Luke 1:41. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Holiness revealed through the unborn Son of God.

“How little people know, who think that holiness is dull; when one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.” -CS Lewis.

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