I am the LORD who brought you out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. - Lev 11:45 NIV
A tall order was given to the Israelites this day. God himself ordered them to be holy as he was holy, because he saved them out of Egypt for the purpose of being their God. He wanted the best for them while also wanting them to set a good example for others because they were God's chosen people.
As Christians, we have the same tall orders. When we believe on Christ for salvation, God saves us out of our own "Egypt" and gives us new life on earth as well as eternal life in heaven instead of the hell we deserve. In return, he wants us to live for him so others will be drawn to our God. He wants us to be holy out of love for him.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says the following:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (NASB)
What does this look like in a believer's life? We need to look no farther then the next verse:
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. (Eph 5:3)
Not to have even a hint of immorality, impurity or greed attached to our behavior is a tall order indeed. It is impossible without God's help and God's word to change our hearts and minds so that our actions follow. How are you doing at following God's commands? What one baby step can you take today to imitate God? Ask him to reveal the answer to you today.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.