The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 1
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
–Isaiah 55:1 (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
What if you are already doing everything you need to do to live a deeper spiritual life? What if the things that you do every day have the power to make you holier than you thought you could be in this life? What if it is true, what Jean Pierre de Caussade has said: “To make all of it holy, only your heart needs to change.”
It is true. Your average day is filled with the holiness of the here and now; it is filled with divinely ordained moments, and each one is deep with the power to make you holy. But you must understand something: this holiness is not going to look like you thought it would. You need to give up your ideas of holiness, a deeper spiritual life, a closer walk with God, and any similar concepts. This letting go of your cherished vision of spirituality is part of the necessary change of heart.
In Isaiah 55:1, God invites his people to buy what has no price by paying no money. But, although there is no price, there is a requirement: you must come. This invitation is issued twice in the verse: “Come!” In other words, you must show up; you must participate. And what is this participation but a change of heart? It is, after all, not a change in location. You are where you need to be. No, what is needed is an awakening of the heart, that you might perceive that where you are is where you need to be, and that you are neither late nor early, for you cannot be late or early. You are in the here and now with God, and he is making you holy.
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.