Of course typing it out is far easier than living it out ... but none the less I plan to have a crack at this kind of thinking. I'll keep you posted!
In the words of 19th century Scottish theologian John Brown "Holiness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervour or uncommanded austerities; it consists of thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills". Neither does holiness mean, as so often it is thought, adhering to a list of "do's" and "don'ts", mostly "don'ts". When Christ came into the world, He said "I have come to do Your will, O God" Hebrews 10:7. This is the example we are to follow. In all our thoughts, all of our actions, in every part of our character, the ruling principle that motivates and guides us should be the desire to follow Christ in doing the will of the Father.
Sunday, 13 January 2008
The Pursuit of Holiness
I am currently working through Jerry Bridges' excellent book 'the Pursuit of Holiness', a chapter a day as part of my devotionals. Chapter 4 ends with this brilliant paragraph: