May 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

I want to live a holy life for Christ!

And I know that holy life for Christ takes strength and endurance. In Bridges to Contemplative Living, Thomas Merton reassures us that “if we trust in the power of God, and seek to imitate His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in His passion and His victory, we receive mysterious strength that has no human source” (p. 21). This strength Merton refers to that has no human source is something I have felt thus far in my life and I hope to continue to rely on. Since becoming a Christian in 2009 I have been able to conquer numerous bad habits and an addiction I had only shared with one other person. When I committed my life to following Jesus I suddenly had enough strength to conquer my bad habits and the addiction to move towards living a more holy life.

This holy life I hope to live for Christ is described by Thomas Kempis in the Imitation of Christwhen we writes, “Study the worthy examples of the holy Fathers, those illustrations models of true perfection and devotion, and you will conclude that you are doing very little or almost nothing. What is our life when compared to theirs!” (p. 22).

Question: Who and what do you live your life for?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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