As I have been working my way through Leviticus, I’ve noticed a theme. God’s call for His people to be holy. He gives them rules to follow, so that they will be holy. Yet, as I read all these rules, I realize what an impossible thing He has asked of them. An impossible thing He has asked of all of us, since we also are told to be holy because He is holy. Or is it?
Today I was having a Bible study with a friend via Skype, and as we looked at Ephesians 1, I was reminded and exhilarated by the fact that we are holy because of Christ. In Christ, we are blameless, holy, redeemed and forgiven. Not because of us, but all because of Him.
God has not asked us to do the impossible, He has done the impossible for us, through Christ!
Yet, if your anything like me, you still try to make yourself holy. Oh you know what I mean. You seemingly think that God loves you more when you follow the rules and that He must not love you nearly as much when you have a bad day.
But we have it all wrong, because God’s love for us does not change!
The enemy would rather us believe the lie. He longs for us to believe we are not good enough, that God is angry with us, that we have failed way too many times for God to ever use us. He wants us to beat ourselves up, because what he really wants is for us to quit on the Lord. To just live for ourselves, rather than living for the Lord. If he can get us to do this, he has won. We are no longer his enemy, we have become his friend.
But, God has not called us to that. He has made us holy and blameless so that we will live for Him and His glory. He has redeemed us and forgiven us to glorify His name, and so that our lives may glorify His name.
We can not earn God’s love, because He freely gave us His love.
We can’t be good enough, we will always fall short. Yet, that’s why when we were enemies of God, Christ died in our place.
He doesn’t want us to perform, He wants us to surrender all to Him.
Before the foundation of the world, He chose you. He called you and set you apart for His purposes, for His good works which He had planned for you (Ephesians 1).
Why you might ask?
For His praise and for His glory. Everything God does, He does for His name sake. He does to make Himself known. He does for His honor and His glory. Because only He is worthy!
So today, I encourage you to be who God has called you to be.
Live forgiven, live blameless, live holy!
Because everything that you are not.. Christ is!