Sunday, February 06, 2000
Many religious traditions promote holiness as a way to God. A pretty good definition of "holiness" is "wholeness". I believe that both words share a common history in English language. Christians believe that only Christ was truly holy, being both whole and sinless, and as such provides the only means for reconciliation with God. He shows us the image of God in true wholeness and beauty. In the Bible, at John 14:9 it is recorded that Jesus said, "... Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. ..."
As a Christian I believe that I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, so my wholeness can be found in God who indwells me. To the extent that I am whole (holy) others may see at least some aspect of the character of God visible in me. The concept is quite simple, really, but the outworking of this can seem quite difficult at times, needing a clear personal decision, backed by a commitment to stay true to ourselves and our chosen course. Without this, all the religious dogma and vows in the world will be useless, or worse, can become a quicksand that can bog us down.
So, as we stay true to ourselves, we stay true to God, for He made us as we are. It is important to have a clear vision or sense of direction formed out of a clear sense of who we are and what we are here for, our purpose. As we travel our own personal path to fulfilling that purpose, we make decisions, often taking advantage of opportunities that can bring us closer to our vision. I believe that wholeness (holiness) is gained in proportion to the fulfilment of our purpose.
I have met many broken people. I have met some who have been substantially healed from their brokenness. I have never met a completely whole person, so it follows in my opinion that I have never met a truly holy person either. That means that there is hope for all of us, I think.
If you are seeking wholeness, then you might possibly find it, simply because you are looking, rather than as an instant answer in anything that I or anyone else may write. The answers to your questions, and the source of your healing lies within you.
All Scriptural references quoted are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.