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"Be holy, for I am holy." For most people this can be a very intimidating statement. The Lord God says, "Be holy, for I am holy." The issue with that is, well God is God and I am not. It is easy for Him to say be holy, but I just have way too many faults. However, we love the Lord and we are committed to His word and so we go about trying our very best to be holy, because He is holy.


We enter into this overwhelming challenge under our own willpower and determination vowing to be holy even if it kills us; unfortunately trying to achieve holiness through our own power will kill us! This is the reason why so much emphasis is placed on how one dresses and where they go. These things can be measured and judged. However, is this what God meant by "be holy, for I am holy?" I could spend a great deal of time explaining what I believe is the correct answer, but simply for me it is about the Treasure in this jar of clay that helps me toward that great goal of holiness; the Holy Spirit.


We put the emphasis on the wrong part of God's command, we focus on the "Be Holy" part, but the real power is in the "For I Am Holy" part. I can't be holy without God's holiness.


When I was in the Army I worked as a mechanic. One of the things I loved to do was teach others. (I still believe that my greatest talent is teaching.) If I took a new recruit and told them, "I am the world's greatest mechanic and because of that you better learn everything I teach you or else." That guy is going to be a nervous wreck by the end of the training cycle, because I have placed the entire burden on him.


Now let's look at it another way. A new recruit comes into my shop ready to learn and I say to him, "Listen, I am the world's greatest mechanic. Since I am the world's greatest mechanic all you need to do is pay attention, let me guide you and prepare you, I will give you everything you need to be successful and productive, and if you forget something or make a mistake I will be right there to help you every step of the way." After listening to that, the recruit now knows that he too can be a great mechanic, because the burden is not on him; but on the teacher.


Please do not get me wrong, we do have a part in being holy. Our part is to be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He gives us direction. Our biggest failure, when it comes to holiness, is our disobedience to God's Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Although holiness may seem out of reach, when we allow the Holy Spirit complete control of our lives we will see God's holiness. "Be Holy, For I Am Holy." Yes Lord!

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