The perfection of Christian character depends wholly upon the grace and strength found alone in God. ~ Ellen G. White
Not too long ago I did a Wednesday night study in Joshua. It’s a book filled with juicy morsels of insight and truth. When speaking of Caleb (chapter 14), it says he “wholly followed the Lord”. At 85 years old, Caleb was still asking for mountains to climb and giants to slay! YOWZA! At far less than 85 I have trouble climbing in the shower and the extent of my “slaying” capabilities is cutting up chicken for a stir fry!
If you walked into a bakery and ordered a whole loaf of bread or a whole pie, would you feel cheated if the baker cut it in half, handed it to you and said…There ya go? Hmmmm… Having paid the price in full, I imagine God might be a tad disappointed as well when we only give Him half of our being.
The definition of wholly is…
1. completely, totally, or entirely
2. without exception; exclusively
That’s completely…Everything, every nook and cranny exposed, every closet door opened, every brick which has been so skillfully placed together by the mortar of life’s disappointments and molded into a wall of mammoth proportions needs to be chipped away until the wind of the Holy Spirit can blow away the rubble.
It’s also exclusively…alone, entirely, only. There is room for nothing else to share in or partake of that exclusivity.
1 Timothy 4:15(AMP) Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody.
What things you ask? 1 Timothy holds quite a list and we’re told if we do “throw ourselves wholly into them” there will be evidence for all to see.
The words of Paul’s prayer in Thessalonians are pretty awesome…
1 Thessalonians 5:23(AMP) And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Too many times I see people unable to experience the concept of keeping their “spirit and soul and body preserved” and instead hold on tight to their troubles, grief, suffering, habits, etc. They wear these thing like a badge of honor. Dear Brothers and Sisters, these are not a badge of honor. They can be an opportunity for the love of God to bring healing and restoration to the weary souls who are “wholly consecrated” to Him or they can be an effective tool of our adversary. The choice is ours.
God desires the “perfection of our Christian character”. He has provided us the grace…through the blood of Christ…He has given us the tool…His word…and He has filled us with the strength…His Spirit.
Remember…Salvation is not the end. It is the beginning and there is a lot of work to be done while we are here on this earth…in us.