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The Religious Adjective “HOLY”

by  Julienne Jeremy Reyes – an active member of SCCD who recently migrated to Canada.



14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:14-16

Many of us think that God is somewhere above the clouds. But many of us know that God is within our hearts.

We claim that we are Christians because we attend the church service every Sunday. More to that, we get together and attend fellowships with our church mates as a sign that we wisely pick the right people to be with and we belong to the group of the “good ones”. People would even tell you that you are “banal” or “Holy” if they knew about your religious affiliations, especially during these times. It may be flattering to hear but wouldn’t it be nicer if they say it not upon hearing it but because they see it on you?

Our world, or should we say the outside world – where the life out of bounds of the church is – has been growing in reverse. Just for clarity, let me repeat what the preachers always tell us: the church is not just the building or the place where we praise the Lord, the church is in us. Living a life which is according to the world’s perspective is one easy way to get through the day and is like going with the flow until you get used to it. The desire for easier ways of living just like what the advancement of today teaches us which makes you “in” would not make you grow more mature. Someone quoted that “maturity is revealed by what you do with your free time”. Every second of the day is our free time, it just so happened that we have works, tasks, and some things to do dedicated for that certain time of the day; how we use those times productively shows how mature we are as a person.

This speaks not only about being a developed human but of our spiritual maturity. As worshippers every Sunday service, as church persons who attend fellowship, prayer meetings and other church related activities with or without a perfect attendance and as Christians, it is our responsibility to become worthy of the religious adjective “Holy”. Your growth as a Christian depends on how you feed your faith and your spirit. The message of the preachers may be the same in its sense as if we’re tossed back and forth if we wouldn’t go any deeper and would not grow any more mature on it. The person sitting right next to you inside the church, the people who you are having fellowship with and your friends inside and outside the church need you. It is not enough that you are just involved on the church’s activities and you belong to the group of the church people; you should grow in faith and in spirit while completely understanding the word of God. As a church, our mission is to grow all together in the household of God.