In a previous post, I compared holiness to a plain looking high school girl. She’s nice but not someone you would consider as your first pick for prom date.
Why is this? Why is Christian holiness a wallflower?
Holiness is where believers make the choice to set themselves apart from a common life in order to live a Spirit-powered life for God. Using the term “Common Life,” I mean a life that runs on auto-pilot with little regard for God. Such a life scratches every itch it feels, plays out every whim that comes to mind and usually places the individual’s pleasure and promotion as the primary task in life.
Christian holiness stands as the wallflower at the dance. She whispers that to dance with her is to find life. Real life.
- She points to people who have hurt us and tells us to forgive.
- She gives us a towel and basin of water and tells us to wash feet.
- She shows us our money and instructs us to give to others.
- She displays the intoxicants of this world (pleasure, power, privilege) and cautions us that such things cannot satisfy the soul.
It is easy and “common” to ignore this plain looking girl who is bidding me to do things that are contrary to my liking and my nature.
Ah, but this is where faith and the Holy Spirit come in.
It has been said that “The Christian life isn’t difficult; it is impossible.” Indeed without faith and the indwelling Spirit, dancing with the wallflower is pretense and presumption.
Jesus often likened Heaven to a banquet or a great party. I am sure there will be party music in Heaven. If I dance well in Heaven, I shall have a wallflower named Holiness to thank.
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