Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. They lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes woke up and nudged his faithful friend: “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson said, “I see millions and millions of stars.” Sherlock asked, “And what does that tell you?”

After a minute or so, Watson explained, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day today. Why, what does it tell you?”

Holmes was astounded, then said, “Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”
In our discussions about holiness—and especially entire sanctification—we can easily be lost in the minutia of theology while ignoring glaring spiritual problems in our lives. Inspecting a curious dollop of foam on the ocean’s surface is a fantastic way to forget we are swimming in shark-infested waters. Doctrinal precision is important and we should never treat someone with suspicion because of their questions; however, it’s always helpful to step back and ask ourselves a few big-picture questions:

  1. Is there anything between my soul and the Savior?
  2. Do I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul?
  3. Have I excused any sinful actions or attitudes?
  4. Am I happy in God?

Don’t be like Watson and miss the big picture.