Devotional February 24, 2017

Leviticus 18 | Leviticus 19 | Romans 16

Happy Friday, I hope you are all having a good day and even better week. As I have expressed throughout this week it has been tiring week for me. My wife and I are still getting adjusted to having three kids in the house. It will definitely take some time to get use to and to lay down a good structure.

As I read through my scripture today nothing really stood out to me, but I was reminded of something as I read the passage. Leviticus 19: 2 “…You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Holiness, is it something that we are striving for every day? Is it something that you think about? Or even yet do you consider yourself holy?

What is holiness? Holiness is defined as being “dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.”

As I think about that I can only help, but think about our culture and how we have dedicated and consecrated ourselves to everything but God. How we have poured ourselves into our relationships, careers, hobbies, talents, etc. and have never poured ourselves out to the creator of it all.

There is a notion many people have nowadays that to be Holy is not obtainable. That holiness is the job of a pastor or priest. Our notions of holiness are lifted from the Old Testament without understanding them in the light of God’s self-revelation in Jesus. Holiness is actually more obtainable now than before. How? Simply, Jesus.

Those who have responded in faith to the revelation of God in Jesus Christ have been united with Christ. To be a Christian means far more than merely to believe in God—as if the Christian faith were reducible to a system of beliefs. Rather, it means to be united with Jesus in and through the Holy Spirit.

"I have been crucified with Christ," says Paul, "and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20). Elsewhere, Paul tells us that our lives are "hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3) and that we have been "seated with [God] in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6). Passages like these convey the mysterious, yet utterly real fact that, by virtue of our union with Jesus, we participate in the life of God: He dwells in us, and we dwell in him. As such, we can say that in Christ, God's holiness is our holiness. In Christ, we are already holy. Any and all subsequent notions of what it means to be holy must be predicated on this truth.

Your relationship with Christ is the driven force to holiness. Every day wake up and give God yourself, but also choose to follow his ways throughout your day. Make the right decisions. Speak with righteousness, Love unconditionally and do everything in your power to live in right standing with God and people. That is holiness. So be let’s be holy for our Lord God is holy!