Date: Monday, August 20
Scripture: Leviticus 20-22-26
Verse: “You shall be holy to me; for I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from the other peoples to be mine.” Leviticus 20:26 (NRSV)
Holy. For me, that word has a bit of negative connotation, especially when applied to people. I immediately go to “holier than Thou.” Those are not the people I choose to spend a lot of time with. Yet, the scripture today tells us God calls us to be holy and separate from other people. We, the people of God, are supposed to live differently.
In the church today, the buzzword is “relevant.” We Christians are told to be relevant to the society around us. Some interpret that to mean that we ought to look and act like everyone else, that Christians should do all we can to “fit in” with society. Yet God calls his people to be separate, different, distinguishable, maybe even a bit odd – apparently no other society of the day would have called some potential food “unclean” or unfit for consumption.
Today, that means every time we make a decision that may not appear prudent, but we know is right; every time we choose not to participate in something wrong; every time we give away some of our hard-earned money, or donate some of our time to help someone else we are separating ourselves. We Christians need to be different in how we live – holy.
Prayer: God, give me the strength to make holy choices this week.
Action: Part of being holy is to “distinguish between the clean…and the unclean” (Lev 20:25). Take some time today to clean the files in your office, sort your junk drawer, clean your hard drive and/or inbox.