DayBreaks for 6/09/17: You Are Holy
From the DayBreaks archives, June 2007:
Holy ground. The Holiest of Holies. Terms from the Scripture that we are familiar with. We believe that the ground on which Moses stood was holy. We believe that the temple was made holy by the One who dwelt there. For sure, these things are true.
There was nothing special about the sand and rock on which Moses stood. They were made of the same chemicals and molecules that is the essence of the created world. Iron, magnesium, copper – whatever kind of rock and sand he stood on, was still made up of electrons, protons and neutrons spinning and twirling around one another in an atomic dance.
The gold and silver and wood and linen in the temple were the same chemical compounds that you can buy in the store today. They were the ordinary, routine stuff of existence with which we are so well acquainted. Nothing special there.
In both cases, however, they were holy for one and ONLY one reason: God was there. It was not a miracle of atomic transformation that made all these things holy, it was the miracle of His Presence. His Presence transforms where He is into a holy place – the holiest of holy places.
Colossians 1:18-23 (NLT) – Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. Â For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross. This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it.
The apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes a dazzling claim in the passage quoted above. Here it is: you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Wow.
Do you belong to Christ? Then you stand before Him – holy and blameless without a single fault! How can this be? When we became Christians, did the atoms of our flesh change to make us holy? No, no more than the atoms of the material of the wilderness floor or the temple walls. We are holy the same way they were holy: God is present with us. He now dwells in us as he did in the temple – and there His presence made the temple holy.
God sees us through the eyes of the Spirit. We see ourselves through the eyes of the flesh. We need to learn to see ourselves, and believe the truth about ourselves, as God sees us. Paul even stressed it: But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. What truth was he talking about? Our holiness and blamelessness even when we don’t feel holy or blameless. Paul continued: Don’t drift away from the assurance you received. It is believing the truth about who and what we are IN HIM that fills us with the motivation and love and wonder to live for him more fully, each and every day.
PRAYER: Jesus, how desperately we need to take this passage to heart! To believe that we ARE now, and not just at some point in the future, holy and blameless as we stand before you. Let this truth transform our lives for your praise and glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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