For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:32
What does it mean to be holy? We know that God is holy…but what does that mean? To be holy is to be completely set apart…to be different from everything else. God’s holiness means that there is none like Him. In other words, He is in a league all His own. He is completely set apart and different from all created things—the one and only true God.
One of the main reasons that Jesus urges His followers not to worry is that it sets us apart from the rest of the world. It demonstrates trust in Him when we choose not to chase the same things that everyone else is chasing…money, retirement, material possessions, and self-importance.
There will be times that we struggle with this choice. It will help in these times to look at the situation through the lens of God’s holiness. Is there a response that clearly sets us apart as followers of Christ? If so, we can know this is God’s will. Our responses, attitudes and actions should not look like everyone else’s. We have been given God’s power through His Spirit to live a life that is set apart and holy…lives that reflect the character of our holy God…lives that aren't overshadowed by worry.
This is simple…but it is not easy. Making a choice that rests on God’s holiness is sometimes extremely hard. That is why we must rely on God’s power and not our own. A worry-free life not only reveals God’s character, it also requires God’s presence. It is the desire of God for every believer’s life. He has called us to be transformed into the image of His Son Jesus—the only worry-free person to ever walk on this earth. This is His will for every Christian.
Father, You have called me to be different from the world. Please forgive me for running after the wrong things. Give me wisdom and faith to know what is truly important. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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