Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
Do not come any closer," God said (to Moses). "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Exodus 3:5
"Holy" is a word we may hear a lot in church, but what does it mean?
One simple definition is "set apart." This doesn't necessarily mean being physically separate. It can mean to be different in your deepest self, in your way of being. To be holy is to be designated for a sacred purpose, set apart to live a life that does not look like others.
The Bible frequently praises God as holy. This makes sense - who would want to worship a God who was just like anyone else? We need God to be different than us and the standards we are used to.
What might it mean when God tells us to "be holy, as I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44)?
Perhaps it means that we are to live lives that look different, that are set apart from what is ordinary or standard, to serve a sacred purpose.
What might it look like for you to live as a reflection of a holy God today?
Prayer for Today
Dear God, Help me shine in ways that reflect how I am trying to live a life that is holy, set apart to serve you.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.