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DEVOTIONAL
Holy Ownership: Brutal or Loving
Richard Wasserfall
22-Dec-2003
"Do you not know that you body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own"1 Corinthians 6:19
Holy ownership. It can seem a very brutal thing. It can be the voice of a master shouting at a slave, "You were bought at a price," now do your job. (1 Cor 6:20). It can seem a very fateful thing: "If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." (Rom 14:8). And in the midst of a struggle where we seek to move the hand of our master to the path of our heart's deepest desire, only to be dashed again and again against impenetrable, unmoveable rock, it can seem cold shouldered and despotic, a face turned stonily away and a cry of why have we been forsaken left in our mouths (Ps 22:1).

And unless we understand deep in our hearts, beyond where the paths of lies can reach, God's holiness, then His ownership will become these things to us. We will be unable to, like David, after crying out our forsakeness, say, "Yet You are enthroned as the Holy one, You are the praise of Israel." (Ps 22:3) And we will just shrivel up like seed among the rocks, be choked among thorns or become food for birds of prey.

Such is the protective power of the true knowledge of God's holiness in our lives. For true knowledge of God's holiness is knowledge of His utmost sovereignty that it brings you to your knees. It is knowledge of His utmost righteousness that it drops you on your face. It is knowledge of His utmost love that is causes you to burst out in tears before Him and commit yourself to Him over and over and over and over again, no matter what the hurt, no matter what the pain, no matter what the heartbreak.

But coming to knowledge of that kind of Holiness is as difficult as coming to knowledge of the fear of God. In fact, it seems to come in part from an action so tedious and on the surface, from an action so irrelevant to the so-called exciting paths of faith, that it is overlooked in favour of a pseudo-holiness that is being content in happy, warm feelings about God. No, true knowledge of God's holiness comes from studying how God wants his temple built and realising that it is through obedience to that plan and not the plan itself, which we may never understand, that God imparts knowledge of His holiness to us.
Abba Father, may You move our hearts to become more obedient to Your plan as You reveal it to us in our walking with You and studying Your word. Then Your holiness would become more real to us. Amen.