One of the hymns we sing from time to time is Lord, I Want To Be A Christian. One of the lines of the song, “Lord I want to be more holy in my heart…” is a great one for us to meditate upon during Lent. Indeed, what does it mean to be holy?
Rowan Williams in Being Disciples – Essentials of The Christian Life describes a holy person in the following way: “A holy person makes you see things in yourself and around you that you had not seen before; that is to say, enlarges the world rather than shrinking it. This is why we say of Jesus that he is the ‘most Holy One’, because he above all changes the landscape, casts a new light on everything. You can’t look at anything the same way afterwards. As Paul says in his second letter to Corinth, when we’re in Jesus Christ there’s a new creation (2Corinthians 5:17); nothing looks the same.”
Williams also writes that holiness is “……not an extra special kind of goodness, because somehow it’s not about competing levels of how good you are. It’s about enlarging the world, and about being involved in the world. A holy person is somebody who is not afraid to be at the tough points in the centre of what it’s like to be a human being; someone who, in the middle of all that, actually makes you see things and people afresh. At the end of the day, this boils down to something extremely simple and extremely difficult, which is that holy people, however much they may enjoy being themselves, are not obsessively interested in themselves. They allow you to see not them, but the world around them. They allow you to see not them, but God.”
In that light, I believe I still have room for improvement when it comes to personal holiness. How about you? Again, Lent is a great time for us to think about just where we are when it comes to being holy.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:39 AM EDT