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Being Holy

This is the transcript of my Going Deeper devotions for our Circuit today.

Beginning with Psalm 121

for which we were provided with a disabled parking space next to a bench 🙂

11 Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God, 12 as you wait for the Day of God and do your best to make it come soon—the Day when the heavens will burn up and be destroyed, and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat. 13 But we wait for what God has promised: new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will be at home.

2 Peter 3:11-13

There is not much to today’s reading, just two verses… but I guess what there is to say is important!

What is life all about?  What does a life well lived look like?  It looks Holy and dedicated to God.

As we spend these moments each day ‘Going Deeper’ that is our aim – to become more holy, more like God.  That’s not ‘holier than thou’!, but dedicated to God.  Our every action being God’s, living his ways, which may be different to our gut reaction.  Pausing and considering, what is God’s way in this?  And doing it.

As we wait for God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth (which may well look similar to the vision in Psalm 121…) this is how we are called to live – for God.

Lord, may everything I think, do, and say
be your way,
reflecting you
and your love.

Lord,
I long to be holy,
work your holy way in me.

The song that immediately came into my mind with this passage was Refiners Fire:  “My heart’s one desire, is to be holy, set apart for you, Lord.  I CHOOSE to be holy”  Let’s pray that as we sing it today.

And may God bless us as we seek to live dedicated to him.

Who Is It For?

Who can come?
Who is it for?
Who can be here?
Who is able to stay?

This is your Temple Lord,
your holy place.
Who is welcome?
Is it for me?
What do I need to do?
What are you asking
of those who want to be with you?

You need obedience,
a willingness
to do what you ask,
what you need,
to follow your ways.
This place,
here in your holiness,
is for truth,
not hearsay,
conjecture,
muck-raking,
or downright lies.
It is a place
to build people up,
not knock them down;
to be fair
and honest,
not economical
with the truth.

You demand respect,
not for yourself,
but for those we live amongst,
who help us,
provide for us,
those we see
and those we don’t.

You need us to keep our promises,
better to say nothing
than to promise
and not deliver.
You are not looking for empty words,
meaningless platitudes,
commitments
that come to nothing.
Words cost,
and we need to be willing
to pay the price
of what we say we will do.
Cheap options
are not your way,
but the way of sacrifice,
inconvenience
and honour.

These things are holy Lord,
the things you ask
of those
who want to be with you,
to live your ways,
to be in your presence,
day by day.

Psalm 15 (CEV)

(A psalm by David.)

Who May Worship the Lord?

15 Who may stay in God’s temple
    or live on the holy mountain
    of the Lord?

Only those who obey God
    and do as they should.
They speak the truth
    and don’t spread gossip;
    they treat others fairly
    and don’t say cruel things.

They hate worthless people,
    but show respect for all
    who worship the Lord.
And they keep their promises,
    no matter what the cost.
They lend their money
    without charging interest,
    and they don’t take bribes
    to hurt the innocent.

Those who do these things
    will always stand firm.

They Who Do Justice

Holy Living – Living Wholly

“Holy” is one of those words that has bad connotations – “holier than thou”, or “holy Joe”.  It’s inference can be someone who stands aloof or sets them self apart as better than.

But what holy really means is:

dedicated or devoted to the service of God

and the command remains:

‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

We are called to be holy – because God says so, and because he is holy.  And at the end of the day it is living a holy life that makes us whole.

So how do we go about living a holy life?

Well, Leviticus goes on to guide us:

  • Be honest and just
  • Don’t show favouritism
  • Don’t spread lies
  • Speak up for those who need it
  • Don’t bear a grudge
  • Don’t take revenge
  • Love your neighbour

This is the way God calls us to.  He is the Lord, he knows the best way to live – it’s the way he is.  That is our calling and our challenge.  To live in the world as good would, as he asks us.

How are we doing?

Lord

You call me to live holy,

to be just and honest,

to not spread lies,

or seek revenge,

to speak up for those who have no voice,

and to love…

Help me to live

in a way that shows your holiness,

and points others to you.

And when I get it wrong,

thank you that there is forgiveness,

and the chance to start again