“I am the Lord your God, so you must consecrate yourselves and be holy because I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44.
For 40 years the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness after being freed from slavery in Egypt. They wandered because they did not have enough faith in God and continually questioned every miracle He performed from them. Because of their lack of faith, God would not allow them to settle in the Promised Land until the entire generation that left Egypt, the generation suffering from the lack of faith, died. It would be the children of that generation who were finally able to find rest in the Promised Land.
However, God used the 40 year period to accomplish one very important thing for the Hebrews– He used this time to teach them the Law. The Law of Moses is focal point of all Judaism, and it was during this time that God gave Moses the 613 laws that the Jews would live by, thus separating them from every other people in the world.
God commanded His people to be holy. He is a holy God and His people are to represent that same holiness on the earth. To further get this point across, God made this command part of the Law that His people are to live by. God always intended for His people to stand out from the crowd. He does not wish for them to blend in.
The same holds true for us today. God did not free us from physical slavery; He did much more. He sent His son to die so that we would be freed from spiritual bondage to sin. He has made us His people in the same way that He made the Hebrews His people, and the call to holiness that He gave them is bestowed upon us as well. We are to be the earthly reflection of God’s holiness. We are to act in such a way that people know instantly that we serve a holy God. Dedicating our lives to God is the only way we can possibly show our gratitude for the gift of salvation that He gave us.
Show God that you are thankful for what He has done for you. Do not take the gift of salvation for granted. Be holy because you serve a holy God.