Holiness: Being Set Apart, Part I
“You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Lev 20:6
To conclude my recent blog series about holiness, I want to meditate on the core of holiness, which is essentially to be set apart. What does that mean, exactly? How does that translate into our daily living?
First, to be set apart means to be different, to live differently, to speak differently than those who have yet to believe. True faith in Yeshua radically transforms us from who we once were; it is the Holy Spirit that now lives within which gives us the ability to be different.
God has set us (His followers) apart from the nations; He desires us to be different from the world while still living in this world. But how can we know what He requires of us? His Word tells us. The Word reveals the character of God and those things which do and do not bring him glory, i.e., those things which are holy and those which are not.
The command for us to be holy is an ongoing command – not just a one time act of obedience, not just when you feel like it, but at all times. Holiness is something we are asked to be – to do – every day of our life.
As we saw in past blog entries, holiness requires that one die to his own will and surrender to God’s will for his/her life. Once we do so, we separate ourselves from the things of this world and become devoted to the things of God. We can then walk with God and see Him making a difference in our lives, which will then result in making a difference in others’ lives.
On this Shabbat, let’s take a moment to remember God, who He is and what He has done for us. Let’s remember the reason that He sent His Son to die for us. Let us reflect upon our lives and see if we are living our lives in such a way that those who are around us will see Him in us.
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