Better Than Fine China
Key Verse: “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” —Leviticus 20:7-8
What does holiness, Fine China and you have in common? Something awesome.
After meditating on these verses for a bit, I noticed something. There are some big words to tackle here. Consecrate, holy, statutes and sanctifies. I really want to dig deep on these words. Consecrate and sanctifies are the same word in the original language, with holy being nearly the same as well, coming from the root of Consecrate. And what do these words all have in common? Separation. Distinguished from everything else around it. Distinct. And in context, it makes perfect sense.
God, the great I Am, is speaking to Moses about His statutes ( a fixed custom, set in stone practice ) in contrast to the ways of the people who lived around the Israelites. The Jews were not to offer up their children to idols by sacrifice. The Jewish men and women were to be married to each other, with no other kind of sexual union permitted. Which was completely contrary to the nations and peoples that surrounded them. Child sacrifice was common among the Canaanites. And it was not done in a humane way. Sexual perversion was also the norm.
In Leviticus 20:26, Consecrated, sanctified and holy basically mean the same thing. Special because of distinction. The exact same thing that God says of Himself: “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
If you were to rewrite the key scripture a little differently, it might say…
Distinguish yourselves therefore, and be distinct, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My set in stone practices, and perform them: I am the Lord who makes you special (Leviticus 20:7-8).
Grandma’s China was unique. My mother kept my Grandma’s China in a hutch in the kitchen. I do believe the only time I saw any pieces in use were at Thanksgiving, and only when special family members came over. In my mind, they were holy. Special items distinguished for specific uses. And that is exactly how God wants us to see ourselves. Special and distinguished for His use, like Fine China: “Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”( 2 Timothy 2:2o – 21)
God promised that He would set us apart for special use, if we set ourselves aside for His special use. How do we do that?
2 Timothy 2:22-25 reminds us to “flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness…”
You and I may not be used like Billy Graham. We may not be used like our pastor or favorite Bible teacher. But, then again, if we’re separating ourselves from the world’s customs, we are available to our master. And He may just decide to use you in a very special way. And that’s tons better than being Grandma’s old dishes.
Spend time in God’s presence Worshiping Him, Praising Him, Thanking Him, and Presenting your requests to Him. Do not hurry through your time with Him, but take time to connect with Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to energize your prayers. Also, spend time listing to God and make sure it lines up with God’s Word.