“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Navigator author Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is.
In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.
This book really helps to clarify the often mystical, hard to understand concept of pursuing holiness. An imagery from the book that I’m taking away is the imagery of farming. Pursuing and growing in holiness is like a farmer taking the responsibility to do the hard work required, but nothing can come of it without the sun or the rain. Similarly the responsibility of holiness is on us, and it’s a matter of obedience or disobedience, never ‘let go and let God’. And just as a farmer can’t produce a harvest without the sun and the rain, a Christian cannot attain holiness without God – God has already done so much by delivering me from the domain of darkness and the Holy Spirit enables us to obey. Pursuing holiness in other words, is not a list of do’s and don’t’s but a joint venture with God.