Publisher: David C. Cook
From the release:
Simon Ponsonby gives fresh perspective to Gods invitation to be holy as I am holy
Can a godless society be expected to become godly without seeing what godliness is? Are Christians today willing to live their lives in such a way that they reflect Gods holiness? Simon Ponsonbys The Pursuit of the Holy: A Divine Invitation tells the story of a holy God seeking friends among the unholy and bringing life to those who, left to themselves, would miss out completely on the joy of His promises. Ponsonby begins by looking at Gods essential and unique holiness and what it means for us as sinful human beings. He states, When we learn that God is actually moving towards us and not away from us, the command to be holy as I am holy becomes reachable.
First, we need to understand what it means to be holy. The Bible uses the word holy in context with other words such as cleanliness, purity, blamelessness, glory, righteousness, godliness, and trustworthiness. These words provide a starting point for Christ-followers to understand the invitation to reflect Gods holiness and the fullness of what it means in our relationship with God. Ponsonby states that holiness is a way of behaving that is determined by the being of Goda life that becomes like the God who possesses holiness.
Rather than unattainable perfection, Ponsonby encourages others to understand that our pursuit of holiness is a life-long transformation process that is not only desirable but is also an exciting opportunity and offer placed before us to go for it. Holiness is a supremely positive word that reflects Gods desire to restore His children into His likeness. Moses and Isaiah are two characters Ponsonby uses to provide vivid windows into Gods restoration process. Careful study and examination of these men and their encounters with God reveal many things about the divine characteristics of Gods holiness:
? Gods holiness doesnt preclude His visitation to sinners.
? Gods holiness doesnt negate His revelation to sinners.
? Gods holiness doesnt eliminate His desire to communicate with and show compassion for sinners.
? Gods holiness wont destroy us if we repent of our sinfulness.
? God is gracious, forgiving, and cleansing, removing sin in an instant.
? God will employ us in His service, despite past failure, if we will only say, Here I am.
Ponsonby wants people to understand the grace and mercy of Gods invitation to holiness. He writes that once we understand this, we will no longer desire to live as we once lived, as sinners. Instead, we will desire to live like God. God-likeness, conformity to His character, is a pilgrimage, a journey made together. We are to walk and work with one another as a family of Gods children, Ponsonby states. This pilgrimage is not one of subservient creatures before their Creator, neither of soldiers before their commanding officer, but of sons and daughters and lovers of God. To be holy is to be fully alive, fully human, and whole, as God intended.
I thought this was a book that is a needed read in today’s Christian churches. We give lip service to what Christ taught but aren’t really wanting to be holy because holy has come to be antiquated and has negative connotations linked to it. If we’re holy then no one will want to be around us – however most Christians forget that even Christ wasn’t very liked on received by His peers because He set Himself apart. While we can’t get rid of our sinful natures and be perfect like our Father, we can strive to live a holy life and when sin does creep in then we turn and repent from it.
I haven’t completely finished this book, it is one that you’ll need time to fully dive into and understand what is being written – not something you can read for relaxation. So far what I’ve seen has been right on Scripturally – if I find something that may negatively affect my opinion or something that I think my readers should be aware of I’ll come back and update but as of this day in time it’s a timely read for Christians who want to live as Christ lived while on earth.
**I was provided a copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.