For Those Who Take the Call of Jesus Seriously

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 2

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

–Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV)

There is no additional cost, only what you are already paying. Do what you do. Suffer what you suffer. To make all of it holy, only your heart needs to change.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Let us once again consider this quote from Jean Pierre de Caussade, and quickly set aside some objections and misunderstandings. For example, there is no suggestion here that you can turn off your conscience and drift down the easy road, all the way through the wide gate—it still leads to destruction.

So, to be clear, does this quote mean you are free to sin? No. “Do what you do” does not include sin. It includes everything else, but not that. Instead, it comes with the assumption that you hate sin and avoid it at all costs. For a heart that desires to be abandoned to God has reached that point. As for counsel about how to overcome in times of temptation, there will be some, and it will have to do with the attitude of your heart. There will be no formulas, however, and no steps to remember. Instead, there will be a few key concepts repeated from different angles, with different illustrations, along with guidance about how to view reality. Think about these illustrations, follow this guidance, and you will find your heart awakening to the reality of the ever-present God. And you will also be better equipped to overcome sin and temptation. For a heart awakened to reality sees sin for what it is, and hates it.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.