“We are not to look like or act like other people; rather, we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.” - A.W. Tozer
This truth could revolutionize your life: you are sanctified to be sanctified. Let me unpack that statement. God saved you, made you holy, and sanctified you (set you apart unto Himself) so that you now have the opportunity and responsibility to live holy and sanctified (set apart unto Him). It is the truth we find in 1 Peter 1:15-16, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy.” It is an idea that is scattered throughout the Word of God. God sets us apart, so we can live set apart. We are made holy so we can live holy. How are you doing? God sanctified you, are you living a sanctified life? Would others pin you as a Christian, or have you perfected the art of blending in? Someone once wisely stated, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still just a pig. The Biblical proverb, “a dog returns to its vomit” follows the same thinking. You cannot make something other than what’s its nature is. No matter how pretty you make a dog or pig, they will still act and behave like a dog or pig. The only way to change that is to make them something other than a dog or pig (impossible, I know). They need a new nature. More miraculous than a dog or pig becoming something different, we were given a new nature! Sinners became holy! “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. You are saved, holy, sanctified, set apart to God… now live like you are saved, holy, sanctified, and set apart.
In These chapters in Exodus, we find the prescription of the priest garments, specifically the High Priest. Exodus is all about God taking His people and sanctifying them. He brought them out of Egypt, and is now showing them how to be His people. He saved them, and is showing them how to act saved. Aaron’s job was to help the people live holy, to be right with the Lord. Aaron and his sons had the special task of helping a sanctified people live like they had been sanctified. So, the priest had to be sanctified themselves… set apart to this great work. This was made evident by the beautiful clothing Aaron was supposed to wear. Each intricate part of his garment was designed to point glory to God, and encourage God’s people to be holy.
What a great reminder to anyone who has a role in leadership within the New Testament Church. If God has enabled you to serve in a place of leadership, be holy. You are to help a sanctified people (God’s people) live sanctified. If you are a Sunday School teacher, deacon, trustee, or any other position of leadership; please help others live holy by being holy yourself. The priest were to point people to the Holiness of God, you do the same.
As a child of God you are a “royal priesthood” according to 1 Peter 2:9, we have been sanctified to live sanctified. How can you live holy today?
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 28 - 29
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office.”