September 1st, 2003



We must continually remind ourselves of the purpose of life. We are not destined to happiness, nor to health, but to holiness. Today we have far too many desires and interests, and our lives are being consumed and wasted by them. Many of them may be right, noble, and good, and may later be fulfilled, but in the meantime God must cause their importance to us to decrease. The only thing that truly matters is whether a person will accept the God who will make him holy.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (1 September, "Destined To Be Holy")

This is the thing that He's been hammering home for me. Holiness is His deep desire for me— it is the very proof that He does indeed love me. His love is first, the prime mover of the Prime Mover. What greater gift can He give His bride than holiness?

Conviction, too, becomes a welcome gift. Recently I've found myself convicted over and over for things I'd not think twice about before, attitudes of heart that are either secretive or socially acceptable (or even rewarded!) but belie everything I say I believe. No, more than that— they belie who I am. As sillypilgrim asked last night, who am I?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

—Galatians 2:20
That's worth living into.

Cause I get so clumsy
I get so foolish
I get so stupid
And then I feel so useless
But you're sayin' You love me
And you're still gonna hold me
And that You wanna be near me
'Cause You're makin' me holy
You're still makin' me holy, yeah

From where I stand
Your holiness is up so high I can never reach it
My only hope is to fall on Jesus

—Chris Rice, "Clumsy"
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More Q & A

What is beautiful in your life right now?

This is the question I've been hung up on, not because it is difficult to answer, but because the answer is paradoxical and could seem trite out of context. That being said, the beauty of suffering has been shining through. Words, especially mine, do a poor job of capturing this kind of beauty. Yet I've been blessed to see the children of God placed in the refiner's fire, His mercy displayed in patterns of restoration and redemption. He disciplines those He loves so that they will learn to let go of anything— everything— less beautiful than He. It is odd to find myself praying for suffering for those I love, yet for this reason, sometimes I do just that.

What books do you believe are "must reads"?

Tough call. I will limit myself to three (excluding the Bible):
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Abba's Child by Brennan Manning
  • The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
What does it mean to be faithful? ;)
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

—Micah 6:8

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked Him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

—Mark 12:28-29

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."

—Jesus (John 13:34-35)

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

—Matthew 28:18-20
What do you think your best quality is?

Struggled with this one, too. For the moment, I'd have to say tenacity/perseverence— because of the great mercy shown to me and the great joy ahead, I have a tendency to hang on no matter what and do what has to be done.

But I fail in this all the time, too. Good thing it's about His grip.

Have a question? Ask me here. I hope to get to a few more soon.
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