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The mere mention of the word holiness invokes images of the heaven rending. Most people envision a picturesque scene depicting God high and lifted on a throne. Angels surround Him crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.” If we ever get to a point where we wrap our minds around the holiness of God, then like Isaiah, we’ll realize just how unworthy we are to be in His presence.

There’s also a flip side to this coin. Similar to the disciples in the first chapter of Acts (See Acts 1:10), we gaze upward toward heaven and see an ascending Christ. And in the same way, we are gently reminded: “Why do you stand gazing up into heaven?” (Acts 1:11)

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in God’s holiness that we forget God’s requirement for our own.

This is precisely what the disciples experienced on that day. They were so wrapped up in Jesus’ ascension and holiness they nearly forgot there was a Great Commission to carry out. They almost forgot the commission to live a holy lifestyle in an unholy culture. They nearly missed their destiny. The Gospel may have never reached the ends of the earth had the disciples failed to realize this:

While it’s important to look up, it’s just as important to look out.

Since the One who called us is holy, we are called to be holy in our conduct as well. Holiness is about being set apart, but not living apart from our society and culture. As Christians, we love the fact that we are set apart. Sometimes we love it a little too much. We separate ourselves from those whose beliefs and values don’t line up with our own. We find ourselves in little conclaves of safety, surrounded by others who believe the same things we believe. A little leaven leavens the whole lump, right? Why is it that we think about the negative impact others may have on us rather than the positive impact we may have on them?

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article courtesy of TheStreamingFaith.com/John C. Richards Jr

 

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