“And one cried unto another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.’”
“You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”
Reflection: That’s a tall order for we mortals who are far from holy! Yet the Lord of all creation longs for his people to be holy, as he is holy. Ever since he called the nation of Israel into being, he desired his chosen ones to be a holy, sanctified, separate people. And like the early Israelites, we as the contemporary church struggle with the overwhelming pull of the world to be like the world in our attitudes, actions and appearance.
So how do we attain holiness? I think part of the answer lies in Romans 12: 1-2, “I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God… And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...”
We renew our minds by filling them with things of the Lord, not things of the world. The more we “practice” the presence of Christ – listening, waiting, reading, praying – the more we want to be like him! We begin to desire holiness. It’s an act of the will and an attitude of the heart that affect our outward actions. Soon that controversial book doesn’t seem so compelling. That questionable movie loses its appeal. We seek to please the One we love.
The Prophet Isaiah became “undone” while in the presence of the Lord’s holiness. This reverence and repentance (Isaiah 6:3-5) progressed to his forgiveness and commission (Isaiah 6:6-9).
May the rest of us be so blessed.
Judy created Look at the Lyrics to complement the message of Christian music. This is not a story behind the song.