“I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God;
therefore be holy, because I am holy.”
We are called to be Holy as God is Holy. The call to be like Him is a call back to the image of God in which humankind was first created. It is a call back to the original vision, the original relationship, the original identity and the original potential. It is a call to step onto the Way of the Lord and to journey in the ‘way’ in which He journeys – to become more and more like Him as the journey continues. Set aside for God we allow Him to work His transformation in us as we journey on together.
To be holy is not to refrain from some ways of life and living, it is to replace them with others. It is to be filled with a new passion – for true life in all that it involves, with its creativity, beauty and magnificence. It is to be on fire with love, life and light for Scripture tells us that:
- God is love (1 John 4:16)
- Jesus is the Life (John 14:6)
- Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12)
It tells us also that our “God is a consuming fire.”(Hebrews 12:29)
This paints a picture of vibrancy and almost explosive delight in being – a being that is actively expressing itself all the time. The passion that created the universe in the first place is the passion that keeps it expanding and developing – and a passion that wishes to continually be rejoicing in new expressions of “It is good!” No wonder that Jesus, in the Revelation letter to the Church in Laodicea, could not stomach the thought of luke-warm Christians. A Christian should be a person who has discovered what true life and living is all about. The fire of the Spirit should be flaring up within them. As sin should make them weep as Jesus wept, so God should make them rejoice as Jesus did –
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and that your joy may be complete”
To be holy is to enter into life in its fullness, God’s life, – both to live it and to give it. As Jesus said that, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) so He intends that our life should reach its fulfilment in bringing life to the people and the situations around us. To truly live is to set others alive – just as a fire gets other fires going. In the process the passion for life and living consumes the darkness and degradation around it.
To be holy is not dependent upon context and circumstances. For Isaiah, for Jesus and for Paul –as well as others – the road and the human countryside through which they travelled, could and would be often hard, unattractive and unappealing. The fruit of their labours was sometimes hard to see, if not invisible, at the time. But the God who brought His people out of Egypt and through the desert to the Promised Land, is the Holy God at all times – as should be His “holy nation.” (Ex 19:6)
Take another step – ask God to pour His light, love and life into you, and to heal your spirit.
Keep looking for signs of God around you.
God is within me, God is around me, God is my life.