“And ye shall be holy unto Me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be Mine.” Leviticus 20:26 (KJV)
I have not made it a secret, in past studies, that Leviticus is a book of the Bible which I am very uncomfortable with. Yet I have a certain love for God due to this book, and the Spirit of God within me. I am uncomfortable with it due to its call to the thrice holy GOD, the call to be like Him – holy, and to conduct myself toward my neighbor, and others the way He commands. I am so thankful, grateful, and needy of daily grace.
God’s call above was to the people of Israel before they reached the Land of Promise. He has said, “Be holy; for I am holy”. Now there is a call which when left up to the people they fell far short. Let us not be too quick in judging them. I fall short as well; and so do you.
I have written on this topic of holiness just a few days ago. Why do I bring it up again? Have you noticed how many times it is mentioned in Leviticus? Many, many times; so it is very important to God that His people be “Holy”. It is so needed in our society and culture of the day. It is not a call for the world; it is a call for the people of God to be called out, distinct, different from the world and culture around us.
The call for the Christian who is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, believing Him, His word, and His Spirit is to be holy. That is to be separated, distinct, different from the world around us. There are too many people who have the idea, attitude, and even teach it; that if we identify more with the world we will win more people to Him. That is a great big “NOT” in the word of God. How can we truly win the world when there is no difference. Who gave us the idea that we were to win the world to Christ. It is not up to me to win them; neither is it up to you; we are called to be witnesses, and that means living a holy, consecrated life unto Jesus Christ.
Shout it from the mountain tops, from the valleys and from the heights of power and authority; except the Spirit of God convict and convince them (John 6:44) that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God who bled on the cross and died for their sins, was buried, and rose again, then there is no salvation.
If we live a life of evangelism and live without holiness in Christ Jesus them we merely blaspheme His name, and shame that same holy name. May we endeavor to be holy before we ever open our mouth about the cross of Christ. If will be as mockery in the ears of the world.