A Holy Life
Today’s Reading: Exodus 39
Key Verse: Exodus 39:30
Then they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription like the engraving of a signet: Holiness to the Lord.
The chorus of a hymn we sang when I was a boy has these lyrics:
“Holiness unto the Lord is our watchword and song. Holiness unto the Lord as we travel along. We’ll sing it, shout it, loud and long, Holiness unto the Lord, now and forever.”
Israel could have sung this song. However, I think it was a 19th century Methodist hymn. This key verse was fastened to the turban of the High Priest. Our great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, appears on our behalf before the throne of God, having lived a holy life without any sin whatsoever. This is the reason that His offering of His very life’s blood to the Holy God is accepted on our behalf. Look up 1 Peter 1:13-21 and “meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8). This entire passage from 1 Peter is a description of a holy life.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, I want so very much to live a holy life. So often I fall short of living as You lived. I pray for You to live in and through me. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21a). By Your grace my life is Your life. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I struggled in my late teens with the “holiness” teaching of the Bible. Then I discovered Romans chapter six. Studying this chapter, I discovered the secret of holy living. My old life of sin died with Christ on the cross. It’s a fact. I believe it. My daily commitment is to quote Paul’s confession, “I am crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Having made this confession for myself before God, I believe it. This activates God’s power which enables me to live a holy life each day. The operative action word here is “daily.” Writing this devotional early every morning helps me. I pray that your reading of this will help you too.