Holiness 2  

Posted by Ben in , ,

When i started this Blog, I'm not sure if i gave any real indication as to why i chose the name i had. I am sure some know, some do not. The idea comes from a Warren Barfield song called "Mistaken" where the end of the chorus goes "This is all i want to be, I want to be mistaken for Jesus." Wow, what if that were truly the goal of all Christians? Not that I think it isn't of most, but i do in fact believe it's been lost somewhere in American Evangelicalism. I also think quite a few camps have substituted legalism for Christ-likeness, of which I include my own Nazarene Tradition (and many other in the American Holiness movement). The shame in that is this...

What is Holiness if it is not in fact producing Christ-likeness? And is Christ-Likeness understood as a list of rules we are able to keep? Or, may we be so bold as a people to claim that it must be understood as so much more. It is characterized by Grace and Mercy, and above all else Love. To keep a list of rules or doctrines is to rob our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of the power of His Holy Spirit. So the big question for today is this... What if when people left a conversation or meeting with us, they were convinced that they had just seen Christ? They couldn't even describe you, only Christ? Do we believe that's possible anymore?

Well this artist does...

I shouldn’t have to tell you who I am
Cause who I am should be speaking for itself
Cause if I am who I want to be
Then who you see won’t even be me
Oh the more and more I disappear
The more and more He becomes clear

[CHORUS]:
‘ Til everyone I talk to hears His voice
And everything I touch feels the warmth of His hand
‘ Til everyone I meet
Sees Jesus in me
This is all I wanna be
I wanna be mistaken
For Jesus
Oh I wanna be mistaken

Do they only see who we are
But who we are should be pointing them to Christ
Cause we are who He chose to use
To spread the news
Of the way the truth and the life
Oh I want all I am to die
So all He is can come alive

‘ Til everyone I talk to hears His voice
And everything I touch feels the warmth of His hand
‘ Til everyone I meet
Sees Jesus in me
This is all I wanna be
I wanna be mistaken
For Jesus
Oh I wanna be
Oh I need to be mistaken
For you
Oh I wanna be mistaken

[BRIDGE]:
May He touch with my hands
See through my eyes
May He speak through my lips
Live through my life
I want Him to
I want Him to live
- "Mistaken" -
by Warren Barfield

(all emphasis added by me)

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