Our ministry team has just started to go through Jerry Bridge’s book entitled The Pursuit of Holiness. I look forward to getting to know the team better as I get to know myself better.
The author writes in the preface:
“The title for this book comes from the biblical command, ‘Pursue holiness, for without holiness no one will see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14, author’s paraphrase). The word pursue suggests two thoughts: first, that diligence and effort are required; and second, that it is a lifelong task. These two thoughts form a duel theme throughout this book. While seeking to set forth clearly and accurately God’s provision for our holiness, I have deliberately stressed our responsibility, feeling that this is an emphasis sorely needed among Christians today. At the same time I have sought to emphasize that holiness is a process, something we never completely attain in this life. Rather, as we begin to conform to the will of God in one area of life, He reveals to us our need in another area. That is why we will always be pursuing — as opposed to attaining — holiness in this life.”
I must say that I am quite thankful that God doesn’t show me every area of my life that needs attention all at once. And, though I know that I will never attain holiness in this life, that is no excuse to not be pursuing it!