“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” (Leviticus 20:26).
Several years ago, a class of students was on a trip to visit a coal mine. As they prepared to enter the mine the man conducting the tour noticed a little girl in a snow-white dress. He said, “Dear, I have an apron to cover your dress if you want it”. The little girl replied, “No that’s alright, there is no dirt on my dress.” To the girl’s response the man said, “Your beautiful white dress will not look the same when you come out of the mine as to when you went in.”
From the passage this morning, the basis is here again stated for which all the laws of holiness should be obeyed. God is holy, and those who serve Him must be holy. Israel is to be separated from all unclean persons and things, be devoted to God’s service and obey all His commands. That is the purpose why the Almighty God severed them from the people of the land; which is a very forcible argument, which laid them under great obligation to obedience and holiness.
Like the little girl, we must guard our lives and avoid the very appearance of evil. Anything that will tarnish or stain our testimony must be avoided. We represent the highest God. Therefore, we must be above reproach, we must be people of integrity. We must also live lives of purity. His plan for bringing us closer unto Himself is “That ye should be Mine”. We were bought at a price. We are no longer our own.
Now that you, in particular, have been redeemed and set apart for His exclusive use, do not wish to be anything different from His holy intention.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Cleave to the Lord to the end.