Greetings, David here. I was just having another look at Rob’s post We Are Holy. Why is it so difficult for us to describe ourselves as Holy? Maybe becasue we don’t really see ourselves as whole. Is there a connection here?
When we hear the word holiness, it probably leaves a religiously strict residue in our minds, mainly because of some idea around holiness being connected to behaviour management. We think of obeying certain rules that consist of ’Do this and don’t do this.’ And, of course, the work of the Spirit of God does bring about change in behaviour.
But this is only seen from the surface.
There is something deeper.
Holiness and wholeness are connected. To become holy is to become whole, as God intended and created us to be. And to be made whole comes through healing, healing deep within.
Think of physical healing. If you are healed of a sickness or disease, a broken or disfigured limb, what is taking place is our restoration to wholeness. The same is true within, in the heart, in the soul. Sin, theologians tell us, consists of ‘missing the mark’. So, to be made whole allows us to not miss that mark, or more importantly, to live as God intended humans to live.
I think this is a helpful approach to understanding holiness. Yes, we are broken and sinful. Yes, we need healing into wholeness that we might be holy. And as this deeper work takes place, the surface behaviour will also be transformed.
Take the things you struggle with and ask yourself, “What would life be like if I never struggled with this again?”
It would be an utter relief. An absolute, utter relief.
Exactly. Now, in order to get there, you need both wholeness and holiness.
The utter relief of holiness. Let’s be made whole so that we can walk as holy, as God intended. ~ John Eldredge
May you this week come to know how you can be holy and whole. They are both necessary and inseparable. May you know in your journey of wholeness and holiness, the One who is transforming you. Be encouraged.
My Mind is Full
My heart is weary
But not from you
Beat my heart
Into your will
My soul is lost
And far from you
Take me back
Into your will
My life is yours
My mind, my soul
Seize my heart
Make me holy whole