The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 69
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
–1 Corinthians 5:9-10 (ESV)
It is true that some saints live hidden in obscurity; they know the dangers of the world, and they avoid its pitfalls. But this is not what makes for their holiness. It is found entirely in their submission to the order of God. The closer this submission is to being absolute, the holier they become.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Not many people are called to live in seclusion from the world. And as for those who are, they are made holy the same way as the rest of us, by what Jean Pierre de Caussade here calls “submission to the order of God.” This means that holiness is just as available to those of us who must spend much time in the world. The order of God is everywhere, and anytime you want, you can submit to it.
However, it is not without reason that certain saints flee from this world. The danger is real, the temptations are everywhere, and the spirit of the world seeks to conform you to its image. Fear not, however, for by frequent communion with God in the present moment, you are strengthened against the influence of the spirit of the world. Jesus was able to eat with sinners without endorsing their lifestyle. Paul the tentmaker worked his craft among the idolators. Yet he kept himself unstained and his message undiluted.
But this does not happen by accident. The same Paul exhorted others to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Whatever else this means, it also includes frequently turning to God and fellowship with him in the present moment, in the current circumstances, and often, in the midst of much distraction.
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