How we understand the person and character of God the Father affects every aspect of our lives.
It affects far more than what we normally call the “religious” aspects of our lives.
God isn’t just some convenient deity that you bring out in a crisis, then forget about afterwards. He is the God that deserves all your attention, in all parts of your life, all the time.
R. C. Sproul writes in The Holiness of God that,
The one concept, the central idea I kept meeting in Scripture, was the idea that God is holy. The word was foreign to me.
Today I am still absorbed with the question of the holiness of God. I am convinced that it is one of the most important ideas that a Christian can ever grapple with.
It is basic to our whole understanding of God and of Christianity.
Whoa. Those are some serious statements.
Sproul points to the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer to show the emphasis Jesus himself places on God’s holiness:
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed [make holy] be your name.”
Jesus immediately established that the first request to the Father be that he’s regarded as holy. Everything else follows behind.
Is this what you establish as a first priority in your prayers? Regarding God as holy?
Unfortunately, not many of us do.
And if not, we would be wise to change it.
Because if we want God to reign over every part of our lives in his holiness, and if we want to obey his command that we be holy because he is holy, we need to seriously grapple with what his holiness means.
God is inescapable. There is no place we can hide from Him. Not only does He penetrate every aspect of our lives, but He penetrates it in his majestic holiness.
Therefore we must seek to understand what the holy is.
We dare not seek to avoid it.
There can be no worship, no spiritual growth, no true obedience without it. It defines our goal as Christians.
He’s got my attention. I’m in. How about you?
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16
How much do you understand about God’s holiness?
We’re meeting at Challies today to talk about Chapter 1, The Holy Grail.
Chapter 2: Holy, Holy, Holy