Feb 25th 2021 · Day 56
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Leviticus 19 and 20 make for some interesting – and challenging! – reading. In Leviticus 19:2, God says to Moses: ‘Speak to … the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’ But what does it mean, to be holy?
Holy essentially means ‘set apart’. God says, ‘You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine’ (Leviticus 20:26). When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we become part of a set-apart people – God’s people – separated fromyet living in the world. We belong to an invisible kingdom; a kingdom that is unlike earthly kingdoms in its very values. A kingdom with a crucified and risen King, a King who came as a servant, and laid down His life for His people.
I don’t think being ‘holy’ means being super-pious, or unapproachable. After all, Jesus was (and is!) very approachable. Surely, though, to be holy means to be different. Different in attitude, different in the way we live our lives – different to the world around us. And in being different, we can bring difference to people who need it.
God is holy, and He is our Father. We need to reflect Him in all we say and do. It’s as people see His presence in us, His kingdom values being lived out, that they may begin to ask us why we are ‘different’.
Of course, we simply cannot do this in our own strength. We need help! Thank God that He gives us the ability to be able to please Him – He gives us His Holy Spirit, to live in us, and to give us the power to live for Him.
Pause and reflect: If you find yourself challenged by these words, ask God to fill you with His Spirit today.
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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