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Serene Silent Beauty

Blaise PascalWhen we use our gifts in God's service, the personal Body of Christ in us gradually becomes a holy Christian life. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist and philosopher who made a major contribution to the study of fluids, pressure and vacuums. He also wrote profoundly on the holy Christian life, "The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world." Another philosopher Saint Paul challenged his Roman friends in Romans 12.1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship."

Most Powerful Influence

Open HandWhen Christians act in the world, we subject God to that activity whether holy or profane. Saint Paul applied this analogy to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 6.15-17, "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?" and "he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit."

Battered Chalice Analogy

chaliceThe holy Christian life is wholeness in the Master's hand. It is the life time process of being made perfect, but one which we will only finally reach in heaven. A bent and battered chalice may not stand upright but a silver smith can straighten the twisted stem. He can knock out the dents and re-silver the chalice as if were new. This is how God works in our lives. He delivers us back just as if we had never fallen short of his perfect standard! God hammers out all our dents and imperfections as he makes us holy.

"Holy Christian Life"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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