Only God, who is the Master of wholeness, can bring us into the place that has been His residence for eternity. Only He provides us with the template for wholeness. Only He can show us the way to complete wholeness and fulfillment. Therefore, we must positively respond to His call for wholeness.
So why should we pursue wholeness? There are several reasons. First, God instructs us to imitate Him. He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to be free from dysfunction, unrealistic or faulty perceptions of reality, unhealthy or toxic relationships, behaviors and attitudes that sabotage our quality of life, or demonic intrusions through our vulnerabilities.
He desires to be a God of a people that are healthy and whole, a people that are sound and stable, a people able to steadfastly stand and push back the intrusions and dark initiatives of His enemies, a people that will – with fierce resolution – advance His kingdom agenda in the earth.
Secondly, lack of wholeness renders us susceptible and vulnerable to the attacks of the devil. Just look at the many leaders in the body of Christ that have shipwrecked their lives and their ministries due to lack of wholeness. While many have put up a good front, presenting themselves as mighty men of God, the assumption of having it all together has been their downfall. Deceived by their success – numbers-wise – and believing the feedback of their yes men, they refused to acknowledge or deal with the lack of wholeness in their lives.
Jesus said; “the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” (Jn. 14:30) Jesus could say this because He like His Father is whole. Although the devil tried to tempt Jesus, His state of wholeness eliminated any vulnerability the evil one could use to draw Him into a compromising position.
If you could imagine a fresh apple pie with no slices cut out or missing – we could say that pie was whole. However, if several pieces of that pie are removed, that pie is no longer whole. In the same way individuals who lack wholeness have gaps in their emotional or psychological make-up that render them vulnerable to the destroyer of men’s souls.
In their spiritual pride and arrogance they deem themselves untouchable and beyond the reach of the enemy. Only after they find themselves sitting in the shambles of decimated dreams and the rubble of a shattered spiritual life do they realize their error.
Another reason to pursue wholeness is that we will never achieve nor fulfill our redemptive destiny in God without walking out God’s call to wholeness. We will never fulfill the promise and maximum potential God has ordained for us if we neglect the call to wholeness.
Lack of wholeness will always cause us to fall short of all that God originally intended us to achieve. We may do some good works but we will never reach the place of maximized fruitfulness.
Finally, numerous times God said in His word “be ye holy, for I am holy” (I Pet. 1:16/ Lev.11:45, 20:7, 26). He has declared that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (I Pet. 2:9). In man’s attempts to obey God’s command to be holy, he has tried every kind of fleshly effort to be holy, from requiring particular types of dress, or hair styles, to special days of service.
But consider this – could it be that God’s holiness is directly related to His wholeness? When people are whole they are less susceptible to sin, less prone to indulge in the profane, and less apt to be led astray. One of the by-products of wholeness is an effortless unfolding of holiness. When you are whole, you just don’t do the things that a lack of wholeness has a propensity for.
In our next discussion we will examine the disciplines required to answer God’s call to wholeness.