The Law and Grace. Day sixty-two...
A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the night, God prompted me to get out of bed, and to go get on my hands and knees.
I resisted for a few moments, thinking it must have been a left‐over thought from a bad dream. But God's ways are higher than my ways (see Isaiah 55:8–9), so I went into my wife's office on the other end of the house and got down on my hands and knees.
After being on my hands and knees for a few minutes, I started to feel the pain in my kneecaps. At this point, I realized I could sit back on my heels and still be obedient to the Lord's direction of kneeling on my hands and knees.
When I sat back on my heels I immediately realized that this is the position I would assume if kneeling in submission before a king.
After a few more moments of silent thought the word “holiness” came flooding through my mind.
“Wow!” I thought to myself, “God is going to pass by me just like He passed by Moses!” And so I braced myself for the glory of the Lord.
But nothing like that happened.
Instead, a few more moments passed by, with me just staring at the carpet in a dark room.
Suddenly, as I looked down I was looking down over the face of the earth. In other words, nothing was above me but God. Nothing was above me but a Holy God. And I could feel His holiness touching me—as if He was resting on my back (actually, more like I was being sucked up against His holiness).
At this point I realized that I too was holy, as He was holy (see 1 Peter 1:13–16). I tested this out by trying to deliberately bring up some of the crap that sometimes gets entertained in my mind. But nothing would come to me that was not of Him.
I was pure. I was holy. I was set apart from the things of the world in His presence.
“You shall be above only and not beneath (see Deuteronomy 28:13)” came to my mind. And I realized, “Right now, in this moment in time, I am above only. I am beneath nothing. Only God is above me.”
I went back to bed with a different attitude toward holiness. All of a sudden I became a big fan of holiness; I liked it. I liked being sucked up against the holiness of the Lord. In that position I was no longer underneath anything.
The next morning, as I was getting around, the Lord gave me this insight into the way we Christians think about holiness:
“We think of holiness as an obligation—not as a position.”
Wow! We think of holiness as another obligation to the Lord, when holiness is actually a position in relationship to the Lord. How that changes things!
I'll develop this more tomorrow. In the meantime, please consider what your life would be like if you operated in holiness, in conjunction with God's holiness.
Have a good day,