God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. (Exodus 3:5, KJV)
…Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16, KJV)
AND HE said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD… (Exodus 24:1, KJV)
…And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all–love]. (1 Corinthians 12:31, Amplified)
At first glance, these may appear to be a few random scriptures. But as I woke up this morning, they were all speaking to me. “It’s time to come up. It’s time to be holy. It’s time to love.”
The song, Holy Ground, was rolling around in my heart as I was waking up this morning. I often begin to sing it and find myself singing “higher ground” instead of “holy ground”. But it’s both. The ground we’ve been called to walk on and abide in is both holy ground and higher ground.
What does it mean to be holy? It means to be separated. Separated from something and separated to something. “Separated from sin and therefore consecrated to God” (Vine’s Dictionary). It means to be sacred. It means to be devoted to God.
This is not the way of the world. This is a higher way. This is a holy way.
We are not called to act like the world, talk like the world, or walk like the world. We have been called to act like God, talk like God, walk like God. And Who is God? Love.
When we walk in love, we will be walking that higher way, that holy way. We will be going up higher and drawing near to Him with every step. Enoch walked with God. Enoch walked with Love and then he was not for God took him.
All day today you will have opportunities to either walk like the world or to realize who you are and what you’ve been called to and chose to walk like God. What does that mean? When you’re pushed to the limit, the world’s way is to be impatient and unkind. Put on love and be patient and kind. When someone is rude, the temptation will be to respond with rudeness. Love is not touchy, fretful, or resentful and never acts rude. When someone treats you badly the temptation is to notice and keep a record of their wrongs. Love covers a multitude of sins and forgives.
This is the higher way. This is the holy way. This is His way. Be ye holy as He is holy. It’s time to walk and live this way.
May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints […the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]… […and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! (Ephesians 3:17,18, 19; Amplified)
This devotional reminds me of the song “Say So.” “Oh that the church would arise…to be salt and light in the world…Let the redeemed of the Lord rise up!”
“Say So” ~ One of my favorite songs! Played it the last time I was at the prison and encouraged them to rise up as salt and light, to rise up as the Body of Christ right now! They loved it!
This is a beautiful post. Knee-jerk judgmental reactions tend to be the norm, but how easy it is to find compassion for others when you have experienced the tender-loving mercies of God.