I want to be able to experience the fullness of God in both the darkest of days as well as the mundane routines of everyday life. I want to see beyond the surface, to see with His eyes, and for Him to fill me with His power so that He can use me to accomplish His purposes in this world. I want to love more deeply. I want to be like Jesus. These are my deepest heart desires. I wish they were more consistent with my actions.
Aside from reading the Bible, I have found that writings from great Christians in previous generations help me to be aware of my blind spots that result from my culture and generation. Yes, they have their own blind spots that result from their own culture and generation as well, but there is much to glean from living in community with these people of the past. All these are reasons why I was attracted to the devotional Take Time to Be Holy: 365 Daily Inspirations to Bring You Closer to God.
Take Time to Be Holy is a classic little treasure of the 19th century writings of Samuel Logan Brengle, born in 1860, a leader in the Salvation Army denomination. Editor Bob Hostetler selected Brengle’s writings and transformed them into a devotional format, replacing archaic language, and adding transitional sentences so that each one-page devotion reads smoothly.
The writings focus on what it means to be holy, how to receive it by God’s grace, how to make ourselves available to the Holy Spirit’s fullness, and how He impacts our lives with grace and power. Each page is thought-provoking and speaks into our lives today in an inspiring way that makes us WANT to be holy and to live in the Holy Spirit’s fullness. This compact little book fit in my purse and inspired me and spoke peace and power into my life on my lunch breaks at work.
But this book isn’t for everybody. I found some of the language confusing – entire sanctification, former baptisms, sanctified wholly, losing the blessing, crying out to God for “the blessing”. For those who don’t understand this terminology, there are not explanations here. If you are Pentecostal, Salvation Army, or hold to charismatic views of the Holy Spirit, parts of this little book will make more sense. While the book is based more on experience than Scripture, I think there is much value packed in this devotional, so if you don’t agree with some of the theology of sanctification, there is still much here to ponder.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publishing in exchange for my honest review.