The Daily Word: Friday, February 26th, 2021
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’” – Lev. 19:1-2
You can only be holy because God is holy! You can only be holy when you make the Lord your God. When you receive Jesus as Lord over your life, His holiness becomes your holiness. You are “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3)!
Heaven requires holiness. After all, would you really want to spend eternity in a Heaven where sin and wickedness were allowed? Of course not. So if you want to be in Heaven, you have to be holy! But God’s instruction that “You shall be holy” is not only an imperative; it is also an invitation. Don’t try to do it on your own; simply trust that Jesus has already done it for you! And as you trust in Him more than you trust in yourself, He will make you into the person you were created to be.
Apart from Jesus, you don’t have a shot at holiness. You can never live up to God’s standard on your own. But when you receive Him, you become His righteousness! When you rest in Him, His holiness will rest in you.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. – 2 Cor. 5:21
Father, thank You for making me holy! I am holy because You – my God – are holy. I am hidden in You! And that is enough. Help me to rest in Your righteousness, instead of trying to earn my own, in Jesus’ name.
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