"I am the Lord your God who brought you up
out of Egypt to be your God; therefore
be holy, because I am holy."
Many of us don’t like to be told what to do. I know I don’t – especially if it is something that I know I can’t accomplish. And when God requires it, I’m in a quandary.
The whole message of the book of Leviticus can be summed up by His statement, “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (v. 44). It is quite a lofty command for the Lord to tell His people to be holy because He is holy. In fact, as I read that, I want to cry, “I can’t do that! That bar is
Fortunately, I don’t have to do it. Paul’s marvelous discourse in Romans 6 gives us real hope. His whole thought is that we have been crucified with Christ, we have died with Him, and the power of sin no longer needs to overcome us. The holiness which we can’t begin to attain through our feeble attempts has been accounted to us in Jesus. Now we simply need to “count [ourselves] dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). Thanks be to God for His victory in us through Christ!
"I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST,
AND I NO LONGER LIVE,
BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME."