Can I Really Be Holy?

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

In my last post, I wrote about a great online (and free!) study offered by Disciple Nations Alliance called Coram Deo, which means “before the face of God.” The teaching is designed to help us live every day as a follower of Christ before the face of God.

I’m also currently reading a great book by Alan and Debra Hirsch titled Untamed, and a lot of it flows right in line with the teaching on They write, “A Hebraic understanding of holiness suggests that all of life is actually in the process of being redeemed and brought into the sphere of the sacred: Holiness begins with God, flows into our own hearts and our lives, moves from there into the community, and eventually reaches every aspect of life in the world. God is extending his sanctity over every-increasing portions of life until all is made holy. God is never a detached observer, but is deeply involved in the sanctification of the world. In fact he leads the charge!” “Holiness is not gained by withdrawal from the world but by active, redemptive engagement in the world.”

That’s living coram Deo! I easily fall into the trap of thinking that I just want to escape the world and all its troubles, but if I did that I wouldn’t be allowing God to bring redemption to the world through my life. Let’s actively engage in the redemption of this world and live coram Deo!


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