By Louis Smith
Today's Scripture: Leviticus 19:1– 20:21
Central Thought: Christians must live holy lives because their Lord is holy.
I walked into a fast-food restaurant late one night and found a man in his fifties behind the cash register. His appearance was striking: flattop haircut, plastic pen and pencil holder in the pocket of his white shirt, dark-rimmed glasses, and bulging muscles on his thick arms. As he took my order, a younger associate came out of the kitchen into my view. He looked twenty-five years younger than the man who took my order, but he had the same appearance: flattop haircut, plastic pen and pencil holder in the pocket of his white shirt, dark-rimmed glasses, and bulging muscles on his thick arms. Except for the difference in their ages, the two were carbon copies of each other.
We all tend to emulate the people we admire. We may dress like them, wear clothes similar to theirs, or dream of mimicking their talents. For believers, the Lord Himself should top the list of people we want to copy. In Leviticus 19, the Lord demanded holiness from His people. He gave one simple reason for His requirement: 'You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” (19:2, ESV). It's understandable. If we know the Lord, it's only logical that we should reflect His holy character in the way we live.
How does holiness manifest itself in our lives? Leviticus 19 and 20 provide us with practical answers. Holiness reveals itself in our obedience to God's commands (19:3–8, 11–19), in our attitude toward the less fortunate (19:9, 10), in our separation from evil (19:31), and in our respect for the elderly (19:32) and our parents (20:9). Holiness expresses itself in how we relate to the Lord and to each other…and it all begins with realizing that the Lord we know and serve is Himself holy. When people look at your life, do they see God and His holiness?
Devotional Prayer: Help me, Lord, to reflect your holiness in the way I live.
Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 19:1-20:21; Mark 8:11-38; Psalm 42:1-11; Proverbs 10:17