“For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45 (KJV)
Let me be honest with you. I have never been real fond of Leviticus. I read it, and it blesses my heart and soul, but my flesh really despises it; and that is as it should be.
It is verses as the above which mark me, maul me, and make me cringe. I love the fact that the LORD is my God; because there is no other; but the word “Sanctify” is a catchy one, an almost demanding one.
To sanctify something is to set it apart as holy. You hear that word “Holy”. That is what God’s people are to be; sanctified as holy; holy unto God, and there is no holiness in me.
The apostle Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…
“I beseech you therefore… that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…” Romans 12:1
I fall so often in this matter. I am so grateful for the love, and grace of God shown through the cross; the death, the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus prayed for you and me when He prayed….
“Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth.” John 17:17
Will His prayer be answered? Most definitely. We who know Him are sanctified, set apart as holy unto God. Do we make mistakes? I have not met a perfect person yet. Every morning I wake up the first person I see is in the mirror, and I know he is not perfect.
I just thank God, His Son Jesus the Christ, the Holy Spirit and the word of God for their work in me. I thank Him for His work in you, and all my brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world. He is working on us; making us more into the image of His own dear Son.
You are Set Apart. You are sanctified, and being sanctified. It is a daily work of grace in the Spirit of God. Remember to participate in that sanctification by attending a Bible believing, Christ centered Church. Every day give it to Him.