As I was thinking through Leviticus today, I realized how important it is that the people of God do not live a common life. We are not called to live common lives, but holy lives.
Holy means to be set apart.
- The Crown Jewels of England are set apart. They are sealed in glass, carefully cleaned and preserved, well-protected and treasured. They are set apart from common treatment.
- The Declaration of Independence is set apart. It is shielded under glass, specially treated for preservation, well-protected and treasured. It is set apart from that which is common.
- King Tut’s tomb is set apart, sealed away, cleaned and preserved, well-protected and treasured. It is separated from the common treatment of items.
We are God’s people. Holy. Set apart. To be carefully treated. Treasured. Protected.
So it matters…
- How we eat
- Sexual behavior
- Our minds and our thoughts
- Community Health
- Social Justice
- and more
We cannot be people that are common and look no different than those around us. This is what Leviticus is about. We are holy people who belong to a holy God, and we are not to treat ourselves or one another as common.
For me the first conviction point was that I cannot eat like a commoner. I need to eat more healthy. Although during this time of quarantine from the coronavirus, not as easy as one would think. But the bottom line is this, we must be a people who are different, set aside and consecrated to God.