“Say this to the entire community of Israel: You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2
“Say this to the entire community of Israel: You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2)
I cannot have a relationship with a Holy God without first being Holy myself – something I cannot even mentally comprehend without His help. In the wilderness, God created this guide to allow his people to be holy through ways of holy sacrifice. That is why God sent His son. To model this perfect life I strive for, to be all that I fail at daily and, after all that, die the death we [not he] deserve, and rise from that death, victorious. All of this points to the truth, that is: I am a baby. Here is how God deals with me, a difficult individual:
“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Unfortunately, many times I gloss over the miracle that this truth is. I get arrogant and, like my three year old, I find myself shouting I’m not a baby! I already KNOW THIS! In that moment, I am at my most immature. This miracle of salvation is the cornerstone of my life – temporary AND eternal. How on Earth [and Heaven] could I expect to master anything else if I cannot, daily, marvel at the cost I come at. I understand that my Mother went through such physical pain to give birth to me and I never cease to be in awe of that. I can understand that my Father went through mental and emotional strain to work his whole life to raise me and I never stop trying to honor that in my daily existence. What do I understand about my Heavenly Father’s Love?
Challenge: How can I acknowledge daily, in thankfulness, that I am a saved CHILD of God? How can I, today, admit my “difficult nature” and meditate on His perfect sacrifice?