To study the topic of holiness can create this idea that you are somehow claiming this for yourself – that you have achieved some level of superior holiness than others. That’s the farthest from the truth. In fact, I think those that study about holiness and the Holiness of God are most likely the ones that realize just how far they are from holiness! I know myself and I know the mess I make of this journey called Christianity. And yet I also realize that God calls me to more – a life of holiness. And so that’s where my studies have taken me (and will continue to take me for the next couple of years with my schooling).
So with that in mind, as I was reading from an R.C. Sproul book today, he touched on this very idea! R. C. Sproul wrote these words in his classic study, “The Holiness of God”. Responding to the certain questions that would arise in response to his writings on the Holiness of God, he wrote:
“It’s dangerous to assume that because a person is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. There is irony here. I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy. I am a profane man – a man who spends more time out of the temple than in it. But I have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more. I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission. My soul cries for more. My soul needs more.” (p. 33)
Why should we study on the call of God to holiness? Well, first it is commanded in Scripture. But we also study it because we realize that we have not reached it – and need some lessons for the journey! We need some tools in our tool belt that will help us along the way. So no…I haven’t claimed it, achieved it. In fact, I probably have taken more steps away from it than toward it in my faith journey. And yet, I identify with R.C. Sproul in longing for it! I know what it means to be forgiven and I long to live for more!
So if you follow this blog with any frequency…this is a theme that will pervade the posts! I hope you also “have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more”.