Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV
This passage tells us to make every effort to BE holy. Holy is defined as set apart, separate, sacred, dedicated to God. God is perfect holiness and wherever He dwells is holy. He no longer resides in a tabernacle or a sacred temple. He has now chosen you and me as His holy dwelling place. How many of us think of ourselves as holy? Is that a word you would use to describe yourself? God does. He says He has reconciled you through Christ to be holy in His sight. He also says, “I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt, therefore be holy because I am holy.” He has made you holy and you are to be holy. Choosing to live a holy life is your reverent response to what He has done for you.
Do you make every effort to live a holy life before God and man? Do you look, sound and react differently than the world? Do you choose carefully what you watch, what you listen to, what you say, and what you devote your time to? Have you set your heart on preparing yourself to stand before Him radiant just as a bride makes herself beautiful for her groom? The Word tells us to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. Our choices and our lifestyles bear testimony of our reverence. Are we living intentionally to make an impact and bring honor to His name? We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, not conforming to the pattern of this world. God chose us. Do you choose Him? Prayer Father God, remind us often we are not subjects to this world but to You and Your kingdom. Cause us to want to look different. Strengthen us to stand out in a world that's dying for something good. Help us extend grace and kindness when it's not deserved. Be glorified in us by the choices we make and how we live our daily lives. Help us live thankful for Your death and victorious through Your resurrection.
Linda Cubakovic, Huddle Team
White Oak Campus