Pericope: Leviticus 10:9-11
I think that one of the most difficult things to do in the Christian life is to distinguish between holy and common. Holy simply means, “set apart.” Another way of defining holy is “wholly different.” When instructions were given to the Levites, the Priests of God, there were certain activities that they could not engage in. There also were certain activities that they must perform. Why? Because priests were the mediators between God and his people. God had set them apart; he had chosen them to a special task of making atonement for His people. The priests had to be holy (set apart) because God is holy. The closer one came toward the presence of God, the more holy they had to be. In other words, they were completely and utterly different than common people. Today we are to be wholly different, just like the priests of yesterday. The challenging part for me is knowing what freedoms that I must willfully surrender so that when people look at me they say, “He is different. He is not like the average person. He is like Christ.” Holiness is not about being spiritually “priviledged” so much as it is about being a vessel that is useful for God’s purposes in fashioning the community of His Kingdom on the earth and culture in which we live.