Week 32 Day
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5: Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Holiness is at one and the same time a great blessing, and also an entry into one of the deepest struggles a human can ever face. Jesus said that we need to
“take up our cross daily.” (Luke 9:23). Paul wrote “put to death therefore whatever remains of the earthly nature…” (Colossians 3:5). But the trick is this, what we do is only in preparation for what God himself will do through the infilling of His Holy Spirit. We no longer seem to speak very much about the “crisis” moment of entire sanctification. However, I believe that this is the missing key to an effective and powerful church and a life of great peace. When what we desire from God is purity of heart, to the point where we feel we may perish if we cannot attain to that blessed state we are short changing ourselves and not taking up all that God has to offer to us in His son Jesus.
Our part in all of this is to realize that this gift of holiness is exactly that. It does not place us on some superior plane that we should boast. Rather, it brings us low, so low that we may serve in Jesus’ name the very dregs of our culture. No room for self-righteousness here. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)