As I was reading again in Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy earlier this week, I came across these two sentences in his chapter on God’s holiness:
Until we have seen ourselves as God sees us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life. We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing. [p. 103]
Tozer may be thinking about holiness in the life of our culture, but his comments apply even more readily to the state of our own personal holiness. As individuals, we are slow to grow in holiness (Christlikeness) when we cultivate apathy toward God in our hearts and become content with evidence that we are unholy.
Those are not only sober words of warning, but they infer the pathway to hope — cultivate a passion for Christ through a holy discontentment with sin.