Have you ever been in a room, and the dynamics and feel changes when someone walks in (A judge, a boss, a coach)?
There are times that when someone walks in you can feel a difference. I’m sure this has happened to all of us who are followers of Jesus. When Jesus came into our lives, things felt different (it was a tangible feeling).
I believe that it has always been Gods plan to have the kind of relationship that we can walk with him and be in his presence (Adam, Enoch, Moses). As time goes on however if we, who are called to be holy, don’t live holy then I believe we won’t be feeling His nearness and seeing his activity in our life like we could. It doesn’t mean he has walked out of the room (he is everywhere at all times), we have just taken our eyes off of him and placed them somewhere else.
Hebrews 12:14 says “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Do you want to see the Lord more? Have you not been experiencing his presence and activity? I believe that it could be that we need to live holy.
Let’s look at this word holiness. We hear it a lot, but what does it mean?
The dictionary defines it this way: holy - dedicated or devoted to the service of God, having a spiritually pure quality, devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity.
The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness”
Do our lives look like that?
Matthew says it this way…
Matthew 5:8 says this “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
As always, Jesus got to the heart of the matter, which is the matter of the heart. It’s not just about what we do, but a pureness even within our hearts.
Psalm 24:3-4 says this, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart…”
How do we do this? How can we live with apartness, separateness, and sacredness?
I believe it starts with a choice, and then we will need to continue making choices. Choices to live, think, speak, and entertain ourselves with things that are holy. Then, after that choice, shift your focus to God.
f you know there is something you shouldn’t look at, it’s hard not to. However, if you find something better to look at, it’s seamless. Shift your focus, attention, and thoughts to God in the morning, while you drive, at work, on your breaks, in the shower, and lying in bed. What you focus on you get closer to.
If we do, I believe we will see God. I believe we will experience Him and have a greater sensitivity to his presence. I believe we will hear his voice.
- Pastor Buddy Eckman