Monday, 4 May 2015

Leviticus 11: A holy people

Good morning girls! Welcome to today's chapter in Leviticus and to another week to serve our Lord, which is what our chapter is about as you will soon see. Today is a Bank Holiday here in Northern Ireland and a good few of us are on holiday...I hope that includes you, wherever you are!

Our memory verse for this week is on the right and it is this verse and the following that I want to look at today.

I sometimes wonder, as Christians, do we really understand the special, separated relationship we have with God the Father? As women who love and serve Him, we are to be different from the rest of the world. We have been set apart to serve the Lord God and He asks us to follow in His footsteps by being holy like Him. This sounds like a huge 'ask' because God is innately holy whereas we still have the propensity to sin every day of our lives. Yes indeed, if we have asked the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts to save us from our sin, then our sin has been washed away in His blood. But we still need to come to Him for a daily cleansing, as we live in a sinful world and still we let the Lord down daily in thought, word and deed. I don't think the Lord expects us to be perfect, because that will only happen when we get to heaven; but we are made righteous in His sight because of Christ and so God expects us to live our lives in such a way that reflects that righteousness. How grieved the Lord must feel when people claim to be followers of His, but then live their life as if it is their own and hasn't been bought with a price. How sad He must be when those who profess to be Christians purposely act as if they had no time for God and live in a way that brings shame to His holy name.

Can you (and I) honestly say, with hand on heart, that we try to live a life that is holy before God? That we try to live in such a way that when others watch us they will see that there is something different about our lives, something better than what the rest of the world has. We have been given an amazing privilege, to be called the children of God. Let's not let the Lord down and dishonour His name, but instead, let us do what we can with His grace and help to live according to what His Word says.

Prayer matters:
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to see Him in all of His holiness and also to see sin as He sees it
♥   Pray each morning before you start your day that the Lord will help you to make right choices in your behaviour, talk and attitude that will bring honour, not shame, to his name
♥   Pray that He will give you opportunities to shine for Him in this sinful world, and when He gives them to you, make the most of them

Hugs, Karen x

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