Am i… Will i… Light and Salt

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Wandering Thoughts

Today will bring to close this series of posts on holiness. That fact in no way is to insinuate that i am done with my quest for it nor that i have accomplished any great level of it. Holiness does not come to fullness and perfection all at once. It is a progressive work. It is said that, “some men’s graces are in the blade, some in the ear, and some are like full corn in the ear. All must have a beginning.” i must never despise “the day of small things.” The holiest men have blemishes and defects. my life is continual warfare with sin, the world and the devil. Sometimes you will see me not overcoming, but overcome. my flesh is ever lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. (Gal. 5:17; James 3:2).

But still, in spite of all this, it is my heart’s desire and prayer. i press toward it, yet do not always reach it. i may not conquer it, but i always aim at it. It is what i strive and labor to be.  If  not what am i but sin?

And this I do boldly and confidently say, that true holiness is a great reality. It is something in a man that can be seen and known and marked and felt by all around him. It is light… if it exists, it will show itself. It is salt: if it exists, its savor will be perceived. This is my true pursuit. That light within me would shine and show itself.

A man may be truly holy and yet be drawn aside by many an infirmity. Gold is not the less gold because mingled with alloy, nor light the less light because faint and dim, nor grace the less grace because young and weak. But after every allowance, i cannot see how any man deserves to be called “holy” who willfully allows himself in sins and is not humbled and ashamed because of them. i dare not call anyone “holy” who makes a habit of willfully neglecting known duties and willfully doing what he knows God has commanded him not to do.

i can easily grow an apple tree from seeds, although it does take a lot of time for my tree to mature and produce an edible crop of fruit. If i plant a small apple tree, it will take about three to four years for the tree to mature and start to bear fruit. Growing apple trees from seeds will take upwards of ten years before my tree will produce an edible crop. All the while i am waiting for the tree to mature and bear fruit i do not call it an orange tree. It is still an apple tree even without bearing the fruit. The apple seed is overcoming many obstacles. If i watch the tree eventually i should see apples. i can’t pick those apples and eat them the moment i see them as they are not mature. If i am patient with the tree, just as i must be patient with myself regarding holiness, we will both bear fruit. The seed, soil, water, weather elements, etc all come together at a point of convergence and a red, delicious, sweet apple comes to fruition. One day i will come to a point of convergence and a man of God full of His holiness will come to fruition as well.

It is said that, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” i would say that, “an act of holiness a day keeps the enemy away.” Many apples become uneatable due to weather, bugs etc. Some fall from the tree and rot on the ground. In closing i want to repeat the most impactful words from this entire series.

And this I do boldly and confidently say, that true holiness is a great reality. It is something in a man that can be seen and known and marked and felt by all around him. It is light… if it exists, it will show itself. It is salt: if it exists, its savor will be perceived.

If i am holy… which i am, then i will act and speak holiness!

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