It’s a personal quest. It’s also universal.
It is a quest for holiness – to live an unsullied life.
“Be holy, because I the Lord your God am holy.” I Peter 1:16
“Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
What does that mean? How am I, a flawed human being living in a flawed world, supposed to attain the holiness and perfection of the Father? How can I, a flawed person who sometimes acts like a jerk, misses the mark or just generally falls down, be holy?
I don’t think it’s an idle or flippant command. I believe that the inspired word of God is that – inspired and the Word of God. One translation of First Peter says, “You SHALL BE holy, for I am holy.” It doesn’t sound like an option to me.
So how do you and I obey this commandment? How do we live holy lives? In an age of moral decline and relativity, how do modern Christians live in the world but not of the world?
The name of this blog “Unsullied Holiness” comes from the following quote:
“We put it as our most sober judgment that the great need of the church in this and all ages is men of such commanding faith, of such unsullied holiness, of such marked spiritual vigor and consuming zeal, that their prayers, faith, lives and ministries will be of such a radical and aggressive form as to work spiritual revolutions which will form eras in individual and church life.”
– E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer
That is the type of separated life that I seek through this quest. One of revolutionary zeal.
I don’t claim to have all of the answers or even any of the answers. That’s why it’s a quest. One filled with adventure, adversity and amazing hope.
Some days feel like an easy sprint on a warm spring day. Others take every ounce of strength just to hold ground and not move backwards. And sometimes it seems that we’ve fallen off the path altogether. What causes me to fall may not be what causes you to fall, but we can both turn to the same Father of mercy and grace and hope as we make our way.
My goal is to stay on the path more than I fall, to move forward more than I stand still and to chronicle the journey.
I love to write, study and ponder, so this blog will be a combination of my own thoughts and prayers as well as those of others that I find inspiring along the way.
I hope that you will find here words of challenge and encouragement and that together we can become a generation that seeks the path of unsullied holiness.