Chapter 1 - The Holy Grail
Quotable Sproul: "We often confuse the words "hallowed be your name" with part of the address, as if the words were "hallowed is your name." In that case the words would merely be an ascription of praise to God. But that is not how Jesus said it. He uttered it as a petition, as the first petition. We should be praying that God's name be hallowed, that God be regarded as holy."
Allowing God's Holiness to Touch Our Lives - 3 questions
1) "When you think of God as holy, what comes to your mind?"
I consider God's holiness as something more that what He does -- His thoughts, actions, words, etc. It is so much more about who He is, and it seems that it is not simply that God IS holy, that God IS perfect, that God IS righteous. God's holiness defines His character, His essence, His personality -- something vastly different from my own.
2) "Are you attracted to God's holiness?"
I am extremely attracted to His holiness, yet I am so afraid of it. I love the thought of my very being being completely transformed into something that it is not, something holy, righteous, pure. In my sinfulness, however, I am deathly afraid of standing before His Holiness, despite knowing that through Jesus Christ and what He has done for me, I can approach Him confidently. If the wretchedness of my lifestyle (thoughts, words, actions, etc) can be revealed to me while I am alive, I can only imagine in horror what would be revealed if I stood immediately before Him.
3) "What does it mean for you to be holy in the coming week?"
Obviously, it first means that my personhood, including my behaviors, must glorify a holy God in my day-to-day living. But even more obvious than that, it means a whole lot more than simply philosophizing about it. Writing about being holy is one thing, putting it into practice is another.