As I’ve been reflecting on what a precious gift human life is, I have also been struck by the greatest desire in my life for holiness.
Even though I’ve been in ministry for 16 years, I’ve seen the call to purity as a burden. You see, holiness is godliness, and since I’m not God, I found God’s demand, “be holy because I am holy” (1 Pet 1:15-16) to be burdensome, calling me to be something other than human.
But I’ve come to realize that the very definition of being human is to be a genuine image-bearer of God.
"Genuine holiness is genuine Christ-likeness, and genuine Christ-likeness is genuine holiness—the only genuine humanness there is” (JI Packer, Rediscovering Holiness, p. 28).
Life is too short to goof around feeding and obsessing over addictive sin. There is too much joy to be found in submitting to the Holy Spirit.
I had somehow missed that fact that among the fruit of the Spirit is JOY!