And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them; You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:1-2 NKJV
This is not an obscure or irrelevant verse of scripture. God’s command to be holy is a consistent message throughout the bible. Does God really expect us to be holy? Can we really be holy?
I am not a Pastor Priest or Theologian but my degree in common sense tells me if God commands us to be holy, He expects us to be holy!
The word holy means to be set apart. God expects His children to be set apart for His glory. God expects us to be set apart in a relationship with Him. God expects us to be set apart from people who do not live in relationship with Him.
My wife and I love each other very much. We live in a special set apart relationship with each other. I know many other women. I have relationships with some of them. None of those relationships is anything like the relationship I have with my wife. I do not give myself to any other woman the way I give myself to my wife.
Jesus wants us to give ourselves to Him in ways we do not give ourselves to anyone or any other thing!
I consider my wife in everything I do. I do not make decisions based on my selfish desires. Everything I do today must pass through the filter of my loving relationship with my beloved.
Jesus wants us to consider our love for Him in everything we do. Jesus does not want us to make decisions based on our selfish desires. Jesus wants everything we do to pass through the filter of our loving relationship with Him!
God calls us to live in obedience to His every command!
Jesus wants us to live a life of blessing and prosperity. When Jesus says something is good it is good indeed. When Jesus says something is bad it is truly bad. Jesus calls us to lives of Holiness and obedience because that is how he created us to live!
We cannot be holy. Only God is holy. Paul said it is no longer I who live but Jesus who lives in me. We are not holy because we are good people who go to church and follow the Ten Commandments. We are Holy because God the Holy Spirit lives in us. The Lord lives out the life of Christ through us!
You can live in Holiness by allowing Jesus to form His life in you and live out His life through you. Jesus lives in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.
It pleases Jesus to live out His life through you. It pleases Jesus to love you. It please Jesus when you express your love for Him through obedience to Him!
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