The Secret of Christian Sanctity

“It is no good giving me a play like Hamlet or King Lear, and telling me to write a play like that. Shakespeare could do it — I can’t. And it is no good showing me a life like the life of Jesus and telling me to live a life like that. Jesus could do it — I can’t. But if the genius of Shakespeare could come and live in me, then I could write plays like this. And if the Spirit of Jesus could come into me, then I could live a life like that. This is the secret of Christian sanctity. It is not that we should strive to live like Jesus, but that he by his Spirit should come and live in us. To have him as our example is not enough; we need him as our Saviour” (John R. W. Stott).

I’m fairly certain that I won’t ever write any play or sonnet that comes close to anything Shakespeare ever wrote. But by that power of the Spirit of the living Christ, I can live the life that Jesus lived.

The question is “Why don’t I?”

Why do I rely so much on my own meager and feeble strength when I can tap into God’s unlimited power, the very same that raised Jesus from the dead.

I honestly don’t have a good answer to that. But I believe that today I am becoming a little more like Jesus than I was yesterday. And I’m not quite who I will be tomorrow.

And that’s a good start.

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