“You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean.”
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Our life is to be one of intentionality. As those who have chosen to follow Christ, choosing the abundant life of believing and serving God Most High, we are called to live with purpose. As the apostle Paul states it, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1), having been chosen in Christ “that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:4b).
The command in Leviticus 10:10 is given to the priests. But it has application to us as well, for we have been declared a royal priesthood in Christ (1 Peter 2:9). The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a seal, signifying that we are “Holy to the Lord,” as the priests in the Old Testament had engraved on their turban.
“Holy to the Lord.” This is what we have been declared. Allow that reality to sink in. To be holy is to be set apart. Our being set apart for the purpose and glory of God should affect every piece of our lives. So as we go about our days – through tasks at work; interactions with strangers, friends, and family; posts on social media; shows and movies we watch; music we listen to; books we read – everything we invest ourselves in should reflect intentionality.
It means we will look different. Our words, our reactions, our lives will not look like the rest. Because we have been and are being changed at the very core of who we are. We still have individuality, the unique way God has woven us together, but our hearts are being purified and made to pour out the love of Christ and the beautiful, powerful grace of God.
This is not a religion that can be compartmentalized. It is a relationship with the God who will not be sectioned off to a mere detail. He is greater than that. He deserves more than that. And He is worth everything.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8a). The worth of knowing Christ surpasses everything else. But we will only know this if we choose to draw near to Him. If we choose to study His Word and listen. That’s the only way our hearts will realize His great value and the treasure and depth and application of the Word of God. We must choose to place Him first in our list of priorities. And then we will find that He is worth it all.
He is worth the time it takes. He is worth whatever we might have to give up. He is worth more than the reactions or choices that may not reflect grace or holiness or humble, selfless love – those things that seem to satisfy in the moment. Knowing Jesus Christ is worth more.
So today, let us examine the details of our lives. Let us “distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean,” and choose that which is holy and pleasing to our God, presenting our bodies and minds and hearts “as a living sacrifice.” He is worth it.
And rest assured, it does not mean missing out. It might look that way from the outside. But the reality is, a life “Holy to the Lord” is one of freedom. It is one of joy. It is a life free from worry or fear. And it is a life of risk and wonder – because God calls us into roles that are bigger than ourselves. Roles that require Him to show up and come through for us. He leads us down paths where we discover His provision in amazing and perfect ways. We get to see Him in action. And we find that His power truly is great and that He really is faithful. Every time.