The Pursuit of Holiness
It’s been a while since I blogged here so I figured it’s about time.
God has been dealing with me lately about my responsibility as a believer. To that end, I starting reading The Pursuit of Holiness, a book I read years ago. The book helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do-and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves. The best analogy in the book is that of a farmer. Certainly there are many things the farmer must rely on in order to prosper but although ultimately it is God that provides the conditions for growth, the farmer must do his part.
Another great lesson in the book is what our attitude towards sin should be. Too often the phrase “victory over sin” is used and we tend to think of it as a personal victory. Sin needs to be viewed firstly from God’s perspective. He hates it. It is first against God that we sin. David, after committing adultery said,
“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” Psalm 51:4
Understanding what sin is and how God sees it is critical for us in our pursuit of holiness.
I saw the movie The Pursuit of Happyness last month. It’s a great story about perseverance and hope. The author in Pursuit of Holiness says, God is much more interested in our holiness than our happiness. He has not called us to be happy but holy. That doesn’t mean we can’t be happy but it can’t be our ultimate goal. That line of thinking is very contradictory to the world we live. Most people when asked what they want out of life will respond, “I just want to be happy”. I want to be happy too but am learning it shouldn’t be my main pursuit.
Good analogy with the farmer. I’ve been thinking lately that we have somewhat muddied the water between justification and sanctification. “How can we neglect so great a salvation?”!!
Thanks for your post and recomended reading.
Great thoughts and comments, thanks Dean. I think many people wonder why they still face challenges after they become a Christian because they misunderstand that calling to holiness instead of happiness also.