I love God’s questions and I love the journey of revelation He takes us on. I thought it would be good to put some words to one of my recent revelations. Wholeness is holiness expressed. Here is some of what I have discovered and some of the lies I think we can believe that keeps us from the truth found only in relationship with Him.
The first myth: When I am whole I will feel holy. If I clean myself up, get my life in order then maybe I will feel worthy of being His and will feel holy. The truth holiness is not meant to be led by our feelings but by His abundant grace toward us. 1 Peter 1:16 says be holy as I am holy. Be means to exist. This scripture says exist, be present in Holiness because that’s who He is. He gives holiness as a gift. He doesn’t say do holy, try so hard holy, or even feel holy. He says be. Exist, abide in holiness, have your being in holiness. Any area of your life that you are trying, doing or living from feeling holy is in your strength and performance (this is the root of religion). This is about my life outside of Christ trying to live up to Christ. Religion is about me, what I do, say and believe. The Gospel isn’t about me, it’s about we. I have this simple saying about Christ. I can’t, He is, so we can. This for me is His abundant grace, this is the foundation for walking out our wholeness.
The second myth: Holiness is a process and partnership. When God say be holy, He wasn’t inviting you to a process to try and measure up. He was giving you a new position in Him from which to live from. Holiness is settled. It’s been given and available to receive. You are holy. And now we live to express life in Him, Holy, as our journey of wholeness.
The third myth: When I mess up, I wasn’t as holy as He said I was. If your behaviour didn’t give you holiness, how can your behaviour take away holiness? It can’t. It is who you are that gave you holiness and every mess you make is a place where you have forgotten who you are. Repentance is changing the way you think: remember who you are and you will walk out a life of wholeness.
The fourth myth: Holiness is simply being set apart from the world unto God. I have heard many preachers define holiness as being set apart and many say holiness is being set apart unto God and separated from the world. The truth is God didn’t separate from the world so why would we? I believe holiness is the very essence of God. His state of being, His attributes and nature. So when we receive His holiness we receive a whole new way of believing, thinking, living and loving. God’s holiness is His extravagant, extravagant love which allowed Himself to be given and broken for you.
So what is wholeness? I believe it is a life full with nothing less or missing, no shattered pieces. No fear or exception; life in it’s entirety. Ephesians 3: 18-19 it says
That you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Holiness is being rooted and grounded in love and wholeness is being filled with the fullness. A life complete in union with Him. Knowing Him, life eternal.
I want to encourage you today receive His gift of holiness and walk in wholeness as beloved sons and daughters; loved, cherished and known.