To Be Holy
To Be Holy
The old hymn says Take Time to Be Holy. That's the first part. Allowing the passage of time and the flow of encounters and reactions. God has willed you to be where you are, not where you are not. Your path to separation from the world's clutches will be unique because the Lord loves you uniquely. He also wants to use you to woo others.
There are places for the cloistered life of prayer, petition and meditation. They are spiritual dynamos occupied by peculiar and largely isolated saints. They bear fruit in the quieter moments and operations coming upon a busy, covetous, colliding world system that will not slow down to think deeply, to feel selflessly. Remember the beautiful fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians chapter five (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance).
But the monastery and the convent will not be for many. God wills that His ambassadors usually go out there to rub shoulders with a confused, hurried, questioning community. Read all of Second Corinthians Five. As Jesus prayed His disciples were not to be taken out of the world but to be insulated from the threats and schemes of the Evil One (John 17)
The writings of John the Beloved in the Gospel and in the epistles say much about the world system that would seek to squeeze out the atmosphere and influence of the Kingdom of Heaven. Believers are not to be infatuated by that world but are to love it in a missional sense.