Do you live your life as a woman consecrated to God?
And I don’t mean the nuns who become “brides of Christ.” I’m taking about normal Plain Jane who goes to school and fights with her siblings and does her homework and IMs too much.
This is what God told the Israelites:
“So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God. Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the LORD who makes you holy.” (Lev. 20:7-8, NLT)
The Israelites were to follow God’s laws (that good old Ten Commandments stuff) and not be like their pagan neighbors who were doing all kinds of nasty sexual things and slaughtering their children. (Yeah, I’m thinking they weren’t a great role model.)
God told His people to set themselves apart from those pagan guys. We are His people too, so this verse applies to us.
Note the verse doesn’t say, “follow My decrees and that’ll make you holy.” Obeying God doesn’t make you a good Christian.
On the flip side, not obeying God doesn’t automatically make you the scum of the earth.
God says to us, “Follow My decrees because I’ve made you holy.”
I want you to hear what this verse is saying:
There’s a song we sing at youth group called “Uncommon Love.” I love the chorus:
Forgetting all I’ve said
Forgiving where I’ve been
You offer Your uncommon love.
God is holy enough and loving enough and forgiving enough to make you holy. You are a woman of God, set apart by Him to be His. He has made you holy.
So act like it.