Backwards and Forwards, Be Holy

” For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” “ Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” Leviticus 11:45; 1 John 3:2-3

On either end of Scriptures is the command to be holy, to consecrate ourselves, to be pure, and the reasoning stretches on either end of time, to the past and to the future. The Lord delivered us from slavery to be His own, therefore be holy. The Lord will come again to deliver us forever from the presence of sin and death, therefore be holy. This Lord God is holy, therefore, as His children, be holy. Because of Who He is, what He has done and will do, we have a pressing responsibility, a high calling, to be like Him as His representatives, His ‘little ones,’ in this world.

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When Paul writes about the Day of the Lord, he urges the Thessalonians to be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation… Do not quench the Spirit. Test everything; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” This being holy is a cooperation of the willing and submissive believer and the sanctifying Spirit of God at work in us, and is both a propeller and end of our hope. If we are His, we are to be identified by and with Him in every way. How clearly do I bear His holy imprint in my demeanor, language, ways I spend money, choices of entertainment, topics of conversation, activities? What areas need His specific purifying fire? (1 Thessalonians 5:8,19,21-24)

Father, have Your way with all of me. Increase my understanding of Your holiness and my desire to be like You. Shape my will by gratitude for all You have done for me, and apply my sure hope of seeing You by making me holy as You are, to the praise of Your glory.

 

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