No Convenience Store Holiness

“There is such a thing as righteousness on the earth and righteousness within marriage. It is not the case that a backslidden Christian is under one hundred feet of water, and the godliest saint who ever lived is only under three feet of water, but both of them are equally wet. Rather, obedience and disobedience, or faithfulness and unfaithfulness, are two different states. True obedience is possible, and God expects it. The yoke of Christ is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30). At the same time, we should not underestimate sin either — we do struggle with our remaining sinfulness, and we will do so, to some extent, until we are with the Lord. Do not look for convenience store holiness. The great Puritan John Owen said that a man will make no progress in godliness unless he walks daily over the bellies of his lusts” (For a Glory and a Covering, p. 107).

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But walking daily over the bellies of lust is far from easy. It is impossibly hard. So how is His burden light?