Sacred Spaces 304 – Holy Frustration!
5 September 2011
I have been trying to pinpoint how I have been feeling lately. It’s been frustrating. I have not known what it was exactly… but now I know and I call it: holy frustration.
I felt God prompt me (how is that for Christianese?) to go and read this passage from 1 Peter 1: 13 onwards:
“13 Therefore with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like new-born babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
I want to let the scripture speak for itself and God’s spirit within you to convict you, however let me say a few things (read on if you like):
Do you feel like me sometimes; we as Christians can be too camouflaged in the world? Do non-Christians know that we love Jesus with all our hearts?
There has been a saying going around the Christian circles for ages: “Be in the world, but not of it.”
I like that. But is it possible that a lot of us have stopped at the first part of that saying? We are in the world… but we don’t live like we’re not part of it. Do people see Jesus in us?
I just feel with this holy frustration that God is calling me to the next level.
I want my youth to join.
I want my friends to join.
I want my family to join.
In fact, all are welcome to join me, let’s do this. Let’s become holy.
And breaking down the word Holy from its original source we learn that it means: to be set apart.
We as Christians are called to be set apart from the world. To think so much differently. To live so much differently: in sync with God.
I really do like what Rick Warren suggested here (click on the word: here)
We need to know the word of God deeply and thoroughly.
So from above, the scripture tells us a few things:
With our alert minds we must set our hopes on grace: grace in Jesus.
And with that we refuse to conform to the evil desires of the world. This faith thing, this following Jesus is not for a season. It’s forever!!!!
We need to undergo a purification of ourselves and then rid ourselves of evil things and actions. Peter lists a few of those in that passage. But I also believe as we find ourselves more in God we see what actions displease Him (and in fact displease ourselves too).
The more I found myself in the love and goodness of God, all that stuff of the world just does not appeal anymore!