Striving For Holiness
I don’t know about you, but at times I feel so fed up with myself because I don’t feel like I am doing anything — anything with real gravity to it — I’m simply existing. I need reminding that I am doing something. I’m being who Christ has called me to be. My mindset has started to change. It’s changing from one of I need to do more to I need to be more.
As Christians, we are never told to do more. Christ has done it all. Our goal is to be more. When we realize this radical truth, our lives can be transformed. Jesus has done it all. He has overcome death. In Him we have victory. By believing this we allow our minds to focus on being more instead of doing more. Holiness, not productivity, is the goal. Laziness isn’t an option. Our hands were made to do His work. It is not by works we are saved, we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8.)
Holiness, not productivity, is the aim of a Christian.
To be a good Kingdom worker, I believe we ought to be kinder, more gracious, more loving, more caring, more compassionate, and more patient. These are the characteristics of God. God is love and love encompasses all of these traits (1 Corinthians 13:4) by focusing on being more, ultimately we will do more.
For example, imagine that you work for a restaurant and most of the customers are elderly. Every day you pride yourself on not only doing your job to the best of your ability — but being as kind, happy, patient, gracious, and loving as you can be. In comparison, your co-worker shows up every day and their only goal is to do as much as possible. They are in the kitchen, taking orders, and collecting money. Which had a more meaningful impact on the customer? The one who was too quick to say hello or the one who took time getting to know them?
Did the person who took their time not do anything? Of course not! They most definitely did — they created a lasting impression on those they encountered. Those driven to be more ultimately do more.
I think many of us can relate to the position of the co-worker. We try to work into the good graces of our boss by being busy. Business is not a sign of productivity and productivity does not equate to holiness. Whenever I ponder on being more versus doing more; I always find myself reciting Ephesians 3:20:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
When I find myself trapped in the productivity mode, I soon come to grips with the fact God has done it all and His power is still at work. My primary mission is to not do what Jesus did because I cannot Redeem the world of its sin, but I can try my absolute best to be like Jesus.
Looking back at my own life, especially within the past couple of years, I am thankful. God has not given up on me and I’m thankful that His power is so evidently at work in me. His power has changed me. I cannot take any of the credit; I simply sat back and allowed God to drive my life.
Ephesians 3:20 is spot on. I love it so much that it is hard to put into words just how accurate it is. God is not done. The best is yet to come. God is not finished with me. I’ll be a willing servant of the Lord all my life until He calls me home and even then, His power is still at work because death is my reward for it is when I will be most alive. The transformative work in my life is because of God. This quote by Oswald Chambers sums up my every thought on this matter:
“You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”
I think that a transformation takes place in our life when we stop believing that we can work for God’s love, favor, and goodness, when we freely accept it, and when we focus on being more like Christ Jesus.