Leviticus 11:44,45 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Happiness, not holiness is the chief pursuit of most of the world today including those whom name the name of Christ. The life of happiness is pictured in movies, books, magazines and on TV programs as a life worth pursuing and in achieving this so called happiness, it will be more than likely acquired, at the expense of others. This crowd wants Jesus to solve their problems and carry their burdens, but they don’t want Him to control their lives and change their character. Eight times in the Word of God the phrase “Be holy, for I am holy” is written and yet passed over it as if it were never there.
Have you ever thought that personal holiness is the most important thing in the world? To God holiness is not a luxury, but a necessity! “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14) Yes, God wants His children to be happy as we would want our children to be happy, but true happiness is a life of holiness. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
The book of Leviticus was written for the priests and Levites in ancient Israel but the lessons are not limited only to them, but to us today as well. “Be holy, for I am holy” is also in the New Testament I Peter 1:15,16 says, “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.” Jesus said that we should live by every word that He has given us, Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Leviticus tells New Testament Christians how to appreciate holiness and appropriate it into their daily lives. C.S. Lewis said, “How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing....it is irresistible.”
True holiness is a commitment in the highest form to our God, knowing that He is committed to us to always be holy. We should be encouraged to live a life that is wholly, completely, and totally, consecrated to Him. Holiness is a deeper relationship with Christ that enables us to live a life that is set apart for Him having a heart that is set on fire to the glory of God.