—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.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"