Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
“The Lord also said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:1–2, NLT)
God sums up in 12 words (emphasized in bold) in today’s scripture the reason for Jesus’ life on earth. You’ll also notice it seems as if God doesn’t give us a choice, “You MUST!” He puts it as clear as can be however, at the same time we can still turn our backs and walk away. I personally have misgivings about referring to myself as holy. Yet do you think God would command us to do something that would be impossible for us to do? Yes, I am sure he does and becoming holy for me is close to the number one thing at the top of the list.
Marty Robins sings a song with lyrics that go, “But this time LORD you gave me a mountain, a mountain I may never climb.” On more than one occasion, I have included those same words in prayer as I’ve faced a mountain I knew I couldn’t climb. In fact Friday when the report came back positive for prostate cancer we’ve found ourselves at the foot of one now. Let’s put the cancer thing aside and get back to becoming holy. I looked up the word holy in the Webster’s dictionary that comes with E-Sword Bible Software and this is what I found. “We call a man holy, when his heart is conformed in some degree to the image of God, and his life is regulated by the divine precepts.” While the a current Webster’s dictionary is probably different than the one I have but it suffices for me because it tells me if I don’t turn my back on God but instead head straight for Him I’m on my way to being holy.
However, we need to understand our two-way relationship with Jesus plays a significant part in becoming holy as well. In fat it is out of our relationship with Jesus that the impossible becomes a sure thing, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NLT) Included in the “everything” is becoming holy, navigating the cancer journey, and every other adversity that comes our way. Paul further adds, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT) Included in “a new person” is a holy person, a person molded by cancer, and a person molded by other adversities.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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