Dear Young Christian Man,
I am not writing this as a reprimand or accusation – please do not misinterpret. Far too much has already been done in that regard. No, consider this a battle cry – a stirring manifesto – that your heart has already assented to, but would sometimes rather forget. I know the burdens that you bear. I know the struggles that you face. They are often heavy and slow, sometimes placed by your own doing – and sometimes not.
You are on a journey to perfection – a destination that you recognize is impossible to reach. Sometimes in pondering this, you wonder if the expedition is too much to suffer. Other times you seem to forget the whole venture. It is, after all, quite a bit easier to find a nice stopping point – a niche – for you to make a home (so long as it is a bit further along than most others have come). This is certainly a good, even admirable, spot for you to be. But my friend, it is not for this place that you first began!
Do you remember the passion that stirred in your heart when you originally set out? You saw, and believed, that the destination was real – and so you started on a favored journey that very few have desired to begin.
You saw that Jesus was the destination – God himself – the beautiful life for which we were truly created. You took the first brave steps on the path with Him, and for Him. It is for this that I tell you to keep going! It does not matter how far along, or how far behind you are. The road is full of impostors, but they are not always the ones in the rear…they are the ones standing still! Do not be enticed by their false ends. Do not be discouraged if you face a setback or are forced to retrace ground from time to time. All who follow this path encounter such things. After all, the road becomes narrower – yet more beautiful – the further you go. It is a challenge, make no mistake. But what sort of man backs away from a challenge? And what greater challenge is there than holiness?
Holiness is the road you are traveling.
Young Christian man, this world continues to tell you who and how you should be. But who is the world, and how is it? The world is men, and men are broken. It does not take long to figure this out – just look at yourself. But you have been given another way through Christ – a journey – that is worth pursuing with all your might. Holiness is not easy or popular. True holiness seldom receives attention (because who can know your thoughts?). But friend, continue to strive for more and more!
Find heart and be courageous. Continue on the journey that you began. It is a road in need of leaders and guides – men who will help others along the way. Desire this task, for it is a noble, although often lonely, one. Keep moving. Keep striving to be Christ-like. Keep pursuing the destination – the end. And one day, although you will never achieve it, you will in fact receive it.
Journey on, young Christian man.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16
But what sort of man backs away from a challenge? And what greater challenge is there than holiness?