“Speak unto all the congregation of the children of
, and say unto them, Ye
shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” – Leviticus 19:2 Israel
How amazing that so much can be said in so little! In twelve words God describes the foundation and purpose for our striving for holiness in our walk with Him. Here He is talking to the Children of Israel, but since we are counted as Abraham’s seed through faith (see Galatians 3:29), it applies to us as well!
God commands us to be holy, if for no other reason than because He, our Lord, is holy. There must be something in our lives that sets us apart from all others. God has chosen holiness. He says this over and over in the Old Testament, and when He lovingly provided Christ to us as our way of Salvation, He also provided the Holy Spirit to convict and teach us in the ways of His holiness.
God created us to be reflections of His Image. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” – Genesis 1:27
When God chose us as His people (John 15:16), not only were we to be reflections of His physical image, but we were also to be reflections of the glory of His holiness.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
What an amazing and humbling responsibility and privilege we have as God’s children to reflect the wonders of His Holiness!
“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:1-2