“Is the container big enough?” They all stood around wondering if the tank would hold all the liquid about to be poured into it. In their own effort, they stretched and built what they hoped would be a large enough container to hold it all…
So it goes with our efforts to answer the call to be holy. Our human nature tends to engage in self-generated efforts to prepare our life for God to pour in holiness. Am I spiritual enough? Can I hold it all? How can I expand my life to contain it all? The assumption is that we must do something to prepare the “container” before God will pour in that added ingredient – holiness.
In reality God’s holiness is simply the influencing effect of His intimate presence in our life and journey. Christ in us forms, transforms, expands our lives – not before we may receive God’s presence but as a result of it. Transformation does not precede presence, rather it is the result of presence.