My dear friend Vinay from Bangalore sent me an email this morning. What follows is unedited :
One who is truly a disciple is not of the world. - Jn. 17:16
Is God’s power leading you to more & more holiness in your life?
It's not just about being 'good' and fulfilling duties .. but transforming your life as well. God's glory is manifest in a true Christian.
Is your life getting transformed into the likeness of Jesus?
Greater heights of maturity, deeper prayer life and holiness. Is this there in your life? Have you allowed Him to continue a good work which He has started at the time of your baptism & conversion?
To the extent that he freely cooperates, man’s thoughts and affections, mentality and conduct are slowly purified and transformed, on a journey that is never completely finished in this life. - Pope Benedict
Holiness is not measured by outward activity, external mission or even about sinlessness or being good.
It is an interior disposition of the heart towards God, reflecting in deeper prayer & higher levels of self denial and detachment.
The call to holiness is universal.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. (from Heb. 12:14)
The bottom line question is:
As time is passing by, are you becoming less & less like the world and more and more like Christ?