For some people, holiness can feel like a heavy burden or an unrealized expectation.
Some think that holiness is for someone else, but not for them.
Some of you might be attracted to the idea of holiness but don’t know where to begin.
Some of you have given up on holiness altogether.
What if holiness is actually an adventure? What if the pursuit of holiness is really the pursuit of joy? What if holiness is about choosing the best, again and again, so that in living for God, we fulfill our deepest desires? Would you be interested in this kind of journey?
Find out why I wrote this book and join the adventure today!
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Find a passage from my book below:
Years ago some friends and I drove into the beautiful and wild mountains of West Virginia for a weekend of rock climbing and camping. By the time we set up camp, it was pitch dark—so dark that I couldn’t see my hand in front of me. When I got into my sleeping bag and looked up at the sky, what I saw took my breath away: millions of lights—of varying depth, size, and color—stretching as far as I could see. The stars, planets, and meteors were so present that I felt as if I were floating in space.
It was the same night sky that I had looked toward so many times in my hometown near Philadelphia. However, the light that surrounded me at home obscured the light from the stars, and I could only see a fraction of them. In the darkness of the isolated hills of West Virginia, my eyes could clearly see every- thing that I had been missing.
St. Paul writes,
"I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:16-18)
Reading this passage, I think about that moment when I saw the night sky clearly for the first time. When I turn my heart to God, the Holy Spirit can help me see more of God’s breath-taking beauty and endless majesty. It’s as if the Spirit focuses my gaze, blocking out the “light pollution”—the distractions, self-occupied thoughts, and worries that keep me from experiencing the mercy, love, and presence of God.
In God there is always more to see. When someone is so delightful and enjoyable that we cannot help but find our heart drawn to them, we might say, “To know him is to love him.” Getting to know a kind, warm person activates our love for them. Our knowing them increases our love for them. The same is true with God: knowing him enables us to love him, and loving him enables us to know him more.
From Free to be Holy by Matt Lozano