Without Holiness


“Depart from me, I never knew you” is probably the most scary phrase you can ever hear from God. But this is a close second. “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” I may have good news, in that in Christ, we are made holy. He covers us with His holiness. And that ought to be important to you, since you have no ability to be holy on your own.

Holiness is purity and separateness. Your mother may have had a set of dishes that she only used on special occasions, like when the President came over to visit. Those dishes were kept separate from your “everyday” dishes in a hutch or a cabinet. In your whole life, you may have seen them used once a year, if that. Those dishes, by definition, are holy. Holy is the antitheses of common. In a religious sense, it is the antithesis of secular, or worldly. The farther we go from a Christian worldview, we find less and less holiness. What was once holy is now often considered ordinary. Instead of Sanctuaries, we have Auditoriums. Instead of prayer time, we have share time. Few things have been able to hold on to holiness, largely because our view of God has been diminished. Our sacred music is so like our secular music, that we often cannot tell the difference. Our sacred spaces look ordinary, instead of majestic. We have few sacred spaces anymore. And we need that.

Yesterday, I talked about the prayer closet. We need prayer closets again, just to have a sacred space in our lives. A special place that is God’s alone. The longer we neglect it, the harder it is to regain it.

As a Christian, I mourn the loss of sacred spaces. Maybe it attracts more people to Jesus. But its hardly something that Christians find inspiring, who wish to be unstained by the world. Christians who seek holiness will find it evermore challenging in today’s world to find it, unless they rediscover for themselves the holiness granted to them from Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, help me regain the sacred spaces in my life. Help me find that sacredness that I’ve lost, so that I may see the Lord. I know there is no greater tragedy than to have served my whole life only to fall short because I did not know holiness. Please help me rediscover it so that I won’t lose it again. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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