In the first chapter of The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung uses humor to write of his disdain for outdoor camping. He admits that, “Camping may be great for other people, but I’m content to never talk about it, never think about it, and never do it.” He uses that attitude to link to how most people think about holiness.
We all understand that we have been saved by grace and not by works yet never realize that holiness is still required! “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16 (ESV) Unfortunately, we have reduced our sermons, the Bible, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to a series of self-help steps to lead us to a “better you” rather than becoming more like Christ.
De Young points the reader to J.C. Ryle who wrote, “We must be holy, because this is one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world…Jesus is a complete Saviour. He does not merely take away the guilt of a believer’s sin, he does more–he break its power.” It is important to remember that God’s plan is to make us into the image of His Son, Jesus. It is a life-long work that is finished after death, however, the Holy Spirit is calling us to yield to the ongoing work today.
So, is your concern for holiness obvious? Do you desire to become more like Christ? Is it evident in your prayers, decisions, and living? Is there a hole in your holiness?