The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 3
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
–Colossians 4:2 (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
We have already looked at the above quote and seen that it contains no excuse for sin. The invitation is for those who are serious about following Jesus and renouncing all sin. But what about prayer? Jean Pierre de Caussade says nothing, in this quote, about prayer. It is not necessary? It is. It is included in “do what you do.” Later, when we look at de Caussade’s teaching about duty and responsibility, this will become clear.
But be warned: You must not cling to any method of prayer, or become attached to a certain feeling, a sense of holiness, that you experience in times of prayer. Such companions will not make it all the way down the road with you. But there will be more about that later. For now, rejoice that you are already paying the cost of your spiritual transformation in the simple things you do every day.
Are you, in addition to following your usual daily routine, praying to God and hating sin? If so, this is enough. This is the money, so to speak, which you can exchange for a deeper holiness and a closer walk with God. Money, after all, does not need to be spectacular; it is usually mundane. What matters is that you have enough of it to purchase what you need. And if your normal daily routine truly is like money, then you already have an abundance. But do you know its purchasing power? Do you recognize its value in the sight of God? Do you hear the invitation that your daily routine extends to you? It is calling you into unbroken, life-changing communion with the God of all grace. This will transform your prays without extra effort on your part. Only your heart needs to change.
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