Today’s devotion is based on Leviticus 19:2, “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”
First of all we need to understand that the word holy does not mean sinless but set apart for God’s use. As the people of Israel were God’s people, so we are his children through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Children are supposed to take after their parents, so we should take after our Heavenly Father.
God does not need anything from us. He is God! Martin Luther argued that God doesn’t need our good works – our neighbor does. Following these rules that we’ve read today doesn’t get us into heaven, nor does it somehow put God in our debt. These rules, and how poorly we follow them, show us how far from being holy we are, how we have all sinned and fallen short. It is we who owe God everything, and he wants us to love our neighbor.
Please pray with me, Almighty God, you are indeed most Holy! Wash me so that I am white as snow. Cleanse me of my sin. Thank you that through your dear Son, I am forgiven. Help me today and every day to see and take hold of the opportunities you give, to show forth your love to those around me. Only with your Spirit can I do this. Amen.