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Holiness: Week 1 - Devotion 1

“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.’” - Leviticus 19:2

Do you have a favorite sports team? If so it’s probably safe to assume you have some gear with your team’s logo on it. If you’re like most fans, it’s more than just a hat. You probably have several hats, a couple of shirts, a few pics on your phone, and maybe even a jersey. 

What is it about our teams that cause us to want to be so closely identified with them? Our identification with a team says something about our identity. There is something about who we are wrapped up in who we pull for. 

Read Leviticus 19:2. This is the very principle God was getting at. When God ordered Moses to tell the Israelites to be holy, God had one thing in mind: identity. God wanted His people to stand out from the nations around them. Not for their sake, for His. God wanted His people to be identified as people after His heart.

In essence, God was commanding His children to wear His team colors. But instead of clothing, the logo they would present to the world would be “worn” through their words, their hearts, and their actions. How about you? Do you identify yourself with God?

 

Think about this:

  • Your cap or jacket says which team you pull for. Think about your actions today. What did they say to the world about how strongly you are identified with God?

  • Your identification with God starts with your heart. What steps can you take to create a heart that's holy, and set apart as God's? What changes do you need to make?

Emily Traylor