(Today's post is from Marcus P. Cannon)
Webster defines ‘Holy’ as:
1: Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
3: devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the Deity
4 a : having a divine quality b : venerated as or as if sacred
I’ve sang this stanza on Sunday mornings a thousand or more times. I never once gave a thought to the actual meaning of the word Holy. It’s just been a biblical term for me. Peter instructs us to be Holy; to live Holy. When I think of Holy I think of Moses, Noah, and Abraham…Not Marcus P. Cannon. I mean those guys talked to God and stood on Holy Ground in the Mighty Presence of God, right? In 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 we are called to live a certain way, obediently. If we do that we’re living a Holy life. Reading this my thoughts go back to those guys again; especially Moses…A biblical GIANT. I mean the dude opened up the OCEAN! He was HOLY! Y’all know his story, a MIGHTY faithful servant of God. Moses wasn’t perfect but close to it (In my eyes). How can I stack up to Moses?
In my time on this planet I have always struggled with the fact that I couldn’t stack up to Moses, Abraham, Noah, perceived spiritual giants of today or my pastor or a friend who leads a multinational ministry reaching thousands. But as my eyes ran across verse 17 the first line I read is “And remember the Heavenly Father to whom you pray has NO FAVORITES”. WOW! Just WOW! If what I believe about the Bible is true, and I do, the Lord loves me no less than Moses, Abraham, Trey Bailey, Andy Stanley or YOU and likewise is the case. There is a mountain of comfort in that for me personally. For us to ‘Live Holy’ we must love those that God loves, as God Loves. In my past I haven’t been very good at this aspect of “being Holy”. So today, my prayer is for the Lord to lead me to Love as I’ve been loved, unconditionally and without condemnation.