Holiness: It doesn’t work the way most people think it does.

Friday is for Heart Songs

Grains after harvest“A farmer plows his field, sows the seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For a successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.

Yet the farmer knows that unless he diligently pursues his responsibilities to plow, plant, fertilize, and cultivate, he cannot expect a harvest at the end of the season. In a sense he is in a partnership with God, and he will reap its benefits only when he has fulfilled his own responsibilities.

Farming is a joint venture between God and the farmer. The farmer cannot do what God must do, and God will not do what the farmer should do.”

Jerry BridgesThe Pursuit of Holiness, p. 13.

Good opening words to a classic work (now 35 years old) on the pursuit of holiness. If you have never read Jerry Bridges book, you are in for a treat. If you have read it, it is worth dusting off and reading again or purchasing from Amazon.com.

Don’t stop praying for holiness, but if you and I are going to be holy, it is going to take more than praying about it.

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