And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:1-2
As I go through Leviticus I soon realize most of the scripture is not memorable. I mean, it’s interesting and fascinating but not something that just sticks out in your memory.
Then I remembered a New Testament scripture in First Peter that comes from Leviticus.
What is holy?
The dictionary says exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. Divine. Devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity.
In reading the definition of holy I quickly realize that most of it doesn’t apply to me.
But there are the words in black and white – “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”
I wasn’t born holy, that’s for sure. And for several years I did not live in a holy way. I ignored God, cursed God, ridiculed God and lived opposite of God.
Then one day in 1975 I read the Gospel message in a tract handed to me by a good friend.
I read about my life in the pages of that tract and I also read about His love for me.
Convicted about my life, I prayed and asked forgiveness for my sin and my life.
He did it. I don’t know how but He did.
Now I’m not perfect but I am holy. I am dedicated to God. Not a day – hardly a minute goes by that I do not think about Him.
If He did that for me, He will do it for you!