The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 70
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
–Colossians 1:28-29 (ESV)
It is a waste of time to try to imagine a way of abandonment that leaves no room for human activity. When the order of God calls for us to do something, there is holiness is in what we do.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
If maturity in Christ is your goal, the power of Christ is available to you. For human pursuits, you need human strength; spiritual striving, however, is powered by a different source. When the will of God is the goal, the energy of God is the means. This energy manifests in all manner of human activity, and this activity may appear no different from the natural activity of the world around you. The difference is the source.
This theme of activity is prominent with Jean Pierre de Caussade because he was battling a common misconception of his day. Many people, earnestly seeking a deeper spirituality, adopted a hierarchy in which quietness of soul and mind was on top, human activity on the bottom. To take action was, for them, to risk wandering from God. For Jean Pierre de Caussade, however, quietness was not at the top, but at the center; and, as the center, it was ever present, even in the busiest of human activity.
Action, if it is in obedience to God, has sanctifying power. It does not represent a wandering from the influence of the Spirit, but an expansion of that influence into the world around you. The key is the order of God. In his will and order, there is a time to move and a time to be still. Trust God to make the order of the moment known to you, through circumstances and duty as well as through direct inspiration. Without this trust, there can be no progress on the path of abandonment.
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