I learned a new word recently—terroir.  It is a French word that refers to the set of environmental factors that impact how crops like wine, coffee and chocolate grow.  Think soil, amount of moisture, farming practices and temperature.  All of these factors make up the character of the crop—the flavor of the coffee, the aroma of the wine, the texture of the chocolate, etc.

We humans are impacted by our terroir as well.  As we look at pursuing a life of holiness—a life set apart and dedicated to God—a look at our personal terroir is important. Obviously, we are not in control of everything that impacts us, like our family, our innate abilities, physical disabilities, etc.  We can make many choices, though, that can change the trajectory of our lives.

AS BELIEVERS, OUR DESIRED PATH IS TO MOVE FROM GLORY TO GLORY, BEING TRANSFORMED INTO THE IMAGE OF JESUS. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

That holy transformation has more to do, perhaps, with what we run to than what we run from.

The word holy in Hebrew means to be “set apart.”  Of course, it is important to set ourselves apart from the pits that the world, the flesh and the enemy dig for us (lust, pride, greed…), but our primary goal is to fill our days with what Jesus is doing.

Where are you spending your time, your energy, your daydreams and your resources? This lifestyle is impossible to live on our own, but thankfully, we have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, giving clarity, motivation and wisdom.

SO IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HOLY, RUN TO JESUS AND PLANT YOURSELF THERE IN HIS PRESENCE.

May we live in the terroir of the Kingdom, setting ourselves apart for Him and setting ourselves apart from the things that pull us away.

Check out this song and be moved closer to Jesus by the power of His spirit.

By Penny Allison – Women’s Pastor