Leviticus 10:10, “You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean.”
Probably not enough of that in my life. God filled the Law with specifics. What to do, when to do, what not to do, consequence of disobedience. He craves our complete surrender.
Too much is common in our world today. When I was growing up (not all that long ago . . .) we wore dresses to church without fail. We sang certain kinds of songs in church. We set aside one day a week just for churchy things. God had clear boundaries in our life that were His. The tithe was a strict 10%. Things were, or seemed, very black and white. Right vs. wrong, holy vs. common, clean vs. unclean.
Today, I wear jeans to church. I sing “church” songs at the top of my lungs while driving around town. I usually do my grocery shopping on Sunday night. We sometimes go to church on Saturday.
Is either one right? Is one of them wrong? The jury is still out on that. Legalism is clearly wrong. But, so is the negligent lack of concern for God’s clear standards and expectations. Many would agree that reverence is missing in our culture today.
I don’t know for sure where this concept will take me as I meditate on it and pray for God to show my what in my life needs to be separated. I do know that He wants all of me. Clearly from the writings in the Law He has certain expectations for our worship of Him, and for our heart as we do so. But, He also asks for the rest of us to submit to His will. The tithe was just 10 percent, but it didn’t mean we could blow the rest without regard for His standards.
What does it look like to surrender all, but still give some in a special way? How will an emphasis on His holiness change my daily choices, or my weekend choices?
I don’t think this is a sin issue in my life, I’m not going to be struck dead because I have already surrendered my heart to Him. In Leviticus they disobeyed clear instructions on how to worship. We do things a little differently since we look back to the perfect sacrifice not ahead to it as they did.
We should heed the words in I Thessalonians 4, “We ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” Not being content, but constantly looking for that more and more. I’m on the right path, but just need to keep on the “more and more.”
Holy food, holy places, holy times, holy God that deserves nothing less than my best. I should give it everyday, but I know that’s not realistic. If I can set aside a specific time to consciously give Him all the best I can, it will likely set the tone all the more for the rest of the week.
Lord, help me see your Holiness more clearly. Show me how to follow You with reverence and diligence. Help me not to disregard what an honor I have to worship You. That you would be glorified by my daily life, and by my time set aside just for you, giving you all the best. ~Amen