Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy (Leviticus 19:2).
Read 1 Peter 1:13-20 to understand that under the new covenant, God’s demands for His people remain unchanged. Holiness is a requirement for His redeemed people.
How can you make every day a holy day? What will you do to display holiness at work, home, and other places?
Holiness is perhaps one of the most misunderstood terms of our time. A study by The Barna Group reveals that though the Bible talks a lot about holiness, most people are confused and even apprehensive about what it means.
Pastor Ray Stedman observed, “Most of us associate [holiness] with some kind of grimness or solemnity. We think holy people are those who look as if they have been steeped in vinegar or soaked in embalming fluid.” No wonder few Christians aspire to be holy.
In Leviticus 19, we see that holiness involves more than special ceremonies and special holy days and going to a sacred place, the tabernacle, where rites were performed by a special priestly class. We see a very practical, everyday kind of holiness—honoring parents and displaying honesty, kindness, compassion, and justice. In essence, holiness is practiced by loving one’s neighbor as one’s self (Leviticus 19:18).
In fact, we find that holiness isn’t relevant for full-time ministers only—it’s for laypeople like you and me as well. For we read, “You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). In the ultimate sense, living a holy life is the imitation of God who alone is holy. So God’s holiness and His gracious redemption provide both the reason and the motivation for His people’s own holiness (Leviticus 20:26).
Stedman writes, ”The book of Leviticus details the way by which man is made holy enough to live in the Divine Presence and to enjoy a relationship so close that God will delight to say, ‘You are mine.’ Don’t be turned off by the word ‘holy’ in this passage . . . True holiness is therefore something splendidly attractive.”
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 1 Kings 3:1-15
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