I just finished reading The Hole in Our Holinessby Kevin DeYoung. This book is a fantastic read for any one who wants to be sanctified, to move towards being further conformed to the image of God. DeYoung begins by stating, “The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it.”
He then does a good job of showing that works have no place in our salvation, none. Yet, Scripture teaches a standard of holiness that Christians should be moving towards.
Again he writes, “My fear is that as we rightly celebrate, and in some quarters rediscover, all that Christ has saved us from, we are giving little thought and making little effort concerning all that Christ has saved us to. Shouldn’t those most passionate about the gospel and God’s glory also be those most dedicated to the pursuit of godliness?”
The clear answer is yes. This book does a simply fantastic job of showing a Biblical view of how we as Christians should be growing, changing, ever dependent upon the Gospel as we seek pure lives poured out for the Kingdom of God. He avoids legalism and fundamentalism while showing that the call to holiness is a very real call in Scripture for the Church, the people of God.
He puts it this way, “Faith and good works are both necessary. But one is the root and the other the fruit.”
As the book goes on he deals very practically with how we should pursue holiness as Christians in the 21st Century on the basis of who we are in Christ. I keep looking through my highlights now and find I find I want to read it again.
If you are looking for something that will encourage you without beating you up for where you currently are this is a great book to read.