"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How To Become Spiritual Zombies

The Call To Holiness
How To become Spiritual Zombies

            My Daily Manna sent me to Matthew 5:43-48, where I found ideas I had to investigate. So I consulted Matthew Henry's Commentary, but while he expounded on those verses' wisdom, he apparently failed to explore the subleties of meaning hidden in the original Greek text. Often I wonder what Truth I miss by not being fluent in Koine Greek.
            Jesus' Sermon On The Mount asserts a standard of righteousness that seems perfectly foreign, even to Christ-followers. If, however, we are to emulate Christ's holiness as He directed, we shall conform to His standard.
            Jesus' strategy in preaching this impossible standard was the same as in issuing the Old Covenant Law: He expected that when we realize the impossibility of obeying Him in our own strength, those of us He calls to holiness must necessarily crave His Holy Spirit's presence and strength in our lives, and crave that above any carnal gratification.
          And if you think He called us to follow Him without calling us to crave a holy life, think again. His apostle penned, "it is written, 'you shall be holy for I am holy'" Since he bothered to include that bit of God's word in his letter—keeping in mind how hard it was to send correspondence back then—we are safe in inferring it is a command, and not speaking of Christ's imputed holiness. Can we be holy in His sight without craving Christlike holiness in our lives? Are babies born hungry for mom's milk? And if baby refuses to eat we know something is seriously wrong, and will die if we fail to feed her.
          Did God call us to that kind of spiritual living death? Are we to become spiritual zombies, physically alive but spiritually oblivious? Only if we wish to become God's enemies.
          The play-acting is over. Step up to live in God's holiness, as He intends.

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