Holy in his sight
'...holy and blameless in his sight...' Ephesians 1:4 NIV
The word 'holiness' is a turn-off to a lot of people. It possibly reminds them of finger-pointing religion and negative experiences they've had in church. Nothing could be further from the truth. Holiness is not what we do; it's what God sees. God has a picture of the perfect you and, as you focus on him, every day he brings you opportunities that, if you take them, will make you a bit more like that perfect you. That's when his vision for your life starts becoming your vision for your life too.
In the Old Testament, the priests used knives, forks, jugs and basins for the temple sacrifices. They were just ordinary kitchen utensils until they were set aside for God's use, then they became holy knives, holy forks, holy jugs and holy basins! But check this out: contamination disqualified them from being used, so they had to be looked after properly.
True holiness is having the faith to look after every aspect of your life, and focus on God's perfect vision for you. You work out what pleases God and what offends him. Put simply, you decide that your life will only be used for one purpose: for God.
So what now? Are you getting the idea? When God chose you he had a specific vision of you, and for you. You might think that you're just Jo/Joe, but now you're holy Jo/Joe, perfect in his sight! Once you understand that and fully accept it, the word 'holiness' will become the most beautiful word.
Soulfood: Josh 5:1 - 8:29, Mark 9:14-29, Ps 103:13-22, Prov 23:1-3