Summary: Main Idea - My Heart needs to look like God’s Heart
The Heart of the Believer
Grant van Boeschoten
September 14, 2008
Main Thought – My heart needs to look like God’s heart.
God asks for people to live on a higher standard of excellence than you might expect. He asks for people to live on the highest level that anyone could ask, but if anyone has the right to do it, it is God.
He says, “be holy, for I am holy.” Lev. 11:44 (TLB)
When I think of holy, I think of
• moral and ethical wholeness and purity.
• freedom from evil and sin.
The Hebrew word for holy means to be “sanctified” or “set apart” for divine service.
There are many examples of holiness in the Bible.
• God instructed Moses to “consecrate Aaron and his sons” because they were going to enter the priesthood.
• One of the 10 Commandments is to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
• The “Holy of Holies” or the most holiest of all was the most sacred place in the desert tabernacle and in the Temple at Jerusalem.
• King Herod feared John the Baptist, knowing that he was a just and holy man.
The main use of the word “Holy” though, is to describe God’s righteous nature, holiness is a quality of God’s character.
Exodus 15:11 “Who is like you, O Lord?”
1 Samuel 2:2 “There is none holy like the Lord.”
Revelations 15:4 “Who shall not fear you, o Lord…For you alone are holy.”
The word holy is found more often in any other biblical book.
Jesus was the personification of holiness; He was without sin, he was without blame. He was pure, he was set apart, he was holy.
And Jesus showed us that Holiness is more than just scrubbing away at all of the rough edges of your life, and holiness is more than cleaning up your appearance and your heart.
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Holiness is also very practical. It follows the law of love, and it causes people to have compassion, to reach out for those who are lost, and to encourage others to holiness.
Jesus was always full of surprises. He said things like, “Love your enemies, do good to those who persecute you.”
He said, “If you want to be great, you must first become a servant of all.”
One of the biggest surprises that people had about Jesus was how much time he spent with people of disrepute. In fact, Jesus spent so much time with the drunkards, the prostitutes, the vagabonds and the scoundrels that the people gave him a nickname, the called Jesus the “Friend of Sinners”.
Why would Jesus, who was holy, choose be friends with people who were so obviously not holy.
It because holiness doesn’t have to isolate itself from the world to remain holy. And Jesus, the personification of Holiness, shows us that we can never be so holy that we ignore the lost people around us.
There was a certain group of people who did not understand why Jesus would choose to invest his time in these people of doubtful reputation. And so Jesus told them three stories to help explain the heart of God.
The first story that Jesus told was about a lost Sheep, which as many of you know, are not the smartest of the animals in God’s creation.