Wednesday, April, 5, 2017 | 11:33 AM | by Munholland
The idea of the holiness of God is usually quite nebulous and terrifying at the same time. What if the holiness of God, and God's call for us to be holy, were reimagined as him making us his good, beautiful, joyful children? C. S. Lewis wrote of God's work in our lives - God's holiness being made manifest in this way:
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." (from Mere Christianity)
God is not interested in just tweaking us, with the idea that we are in pretty good shape as it is. God wants to make us more than we could ever imagine because he has made his abode with us. He is making a place fit for love and enjoyment of the King of Kings, and a place of warm welcome, healing and laughter for all.
Holiness is about God living in us to fulfill the great commandments of loving God with all our heart, souls, minds, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This working of God's holiness is not to be feared, but thankfully and eagerly embraced.
Peter, in his letter to various churches (including Munholland), put it this way:
'You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.'(1 Pet 2:9) We are God's chosen, royal, holy, and a special possession designed to live in the light of the Lord declaring his praises!
Give me that holiness every day of the week!
Blessed to be a Blessing