Daniel, Chapter 5, tells the story of King Belshazzar taking the holy articles carried off from the temple in Judah and using them to toast their gods at a big party. They used holy articles (cups) to toast unholy things. That was a BIG mistake. To sum the story up – later that night, King Belshazzar was slain at the party, a new empire was formed, and a new king took the throne.
My friend, when we come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we too become holy.
Did you know you were holy?
Ephesians 1:4 says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Christ Jesus is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written, “Be holy because I am holy.” (Old Testament Scripture reference for that is Leviticus 11:44)
What does it mean to be holy?
Great question, and I have an answer for you.
“To be holy is to be set apart – separated from sin and impurity and set apart to God.”
In other words, what you’re saying is, “I can’t have any fun!”
On the contrary, my friend, on the contrary. Being holy does not equal no fun. God is not a fun sucker.
Being holy and set apart for God’s workmanship is far greater than anything we could watch on television, eat, drink, wear, experience, climb, see, travel to, build, work, or do. God is not a fun deflator.
The Bible has some great passages on being holy.
We have to start thinking about this as it’s an essential aspect of our lives we don’t give much consideration to. In a world falling apart by the day, we must be holy as he is holy. We must stand out among the fray.
In the meantime, pray for someone today. Not because I asked you to or because you know them, but because God longs to hear from you today. You can stand in the gap for that relative or friend who doesn’t know Jesus. Seek God about their spiritual welfare today.
1 Timothy 2:8, “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”
Thank you, Father, for the message of being holy. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.