Leviticus 20:26 “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
The inquisitive nature of children is something to behold. How a young mind can look at a utensil and see and electric socket and put the two together is a connection you and I don’t readily connect. Yet, they find new and innovative ways to stretch the bounds of safety. As they get older, the opportunities must be trained to what is right and what is wrong.
Without the Word of God, we lose the standard by which our Creator set for us to follow. The fruit of our decisions are no more evident than when we kicked God out of our schools. No longer is the day started with prayer. No longer are there moral standards held. No longer are there clear lines that define what God said to be wrong and what God said to be right.
The basis for people’s arguments are now feelings, culture, race and are open for interpretation. But before I get off on tangents of social ills, I wish only to point out that God has long set the standard for His people – we have just failed to follow Him and His way.
We, His children have felt justified in the behavior of our choosing trying to fashion a god that suits us instead of humbling ourselves to what our Father knows best. My Heavenly Father has a plan for me and my family. He paid a dear price for that right. His desire is that I be holy. Pure, undefiled, and untainted by this world. Yet most of His children today seek to see how much of the world we can indulge in and still remain at arm’s length from the world thinking to be seperated.
On the day I trusted Christ as my Savior, I no longer was just Jim and Anne Treloar’s son; I became a child of the King. I was adopted into the royal family. My heritage and lineage became such that I now represent the very God of Heaven. Not just a god, but THE God! I belong to Him now.
What I do reflects on Him. How I treat others; what I say, how I say it – matters.
In the passage today, God said He severed His people from the rest of the world. We are to be unique, peculiar and someone of note. Why? Because of Who our Father is, not because of who I am. He longs not to make the best version of ourselves. He longs to transform you and I into the image of His dear Son.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
This whole process is not some journey of self-discovery, it is who we are in Christ. Before you and I were ever formed in the womb, God had a plan. It’s not rocket science. It is truly something so very simple – trust and obey. That child with a knife poised at the electrical socket thinks it is the very best idea, yet the wisdom of the one tasked with their growth knows better and corrects the child knowing it is for their good.
Oh, they may cry when you take the knife from their hand, but the life and their safety are still intact. After the tears stop, and they find the next new and shiny thing, they won’t remember the correction. There are far too many times that I should have been corrected for things but didn’t and others that I feel were unjustly warranted. In the end, I realized that I was the object of my parent’s love.
Spiritually, I must embrace that I belong to my Heavenly Father. I am His and He is mine. I am loved with a love I have never known before. I am corrected because of that very love God has for me – because I am His child. I bear His name.
Everything He does from this day forward, is to allow more of His Son; Jesus Christ to be formed in me. What is not of God has got to go. Let us live this day as the child of God we have been called to be.