Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Holy. What does that even mean? Set apart… okay great, but why does the word permeate our worship songs so much? Not only that, but there are reportedly 4 epic beasts in Revelations 4, whose sole activity is to praise God. How do they do it? What do they repeat unceasingly? Day after day and night after night they keep on saying: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty. The One who was, and is, and who is still to come.” Holy? And three times? All day and night? Don’t know about you, but this is reason enough for me to want to discover a bit more about this word. When you think about the word “holy” as something set apart, it helps you realize something: At some point in our lives, every one of us have wanted something holy: From the fire-orange colored Mazda, to the slickest iPhone case, to that designer blouse that nobody else owns, we seek things that are special, different from the norm. In at least one area in our lives, we refuse to content ourselves with run-of-the-mill, and seek, in our own ways, something that is holy. One area where we see this clearly is in the single person who wants to get married. Think about your visions of a future spouse. In your mind, you see them as being unique! Someone completing your thoughts, making you laugh, showing consideration when you’re down. Someone, who will become the one. Different from the people you typically encounter throughout your day, you’re looking for one who is set apart from the rest. To use a different word, you seek after one who is holy. Once you find such a one, you are willing to sacrifice big time to attain your desire. No shortage of time, emotion, and cell phone bills will be sacrificed on your behalf to seek out the one you love. It’s a human condition: All efforts, all costs, are justified in the pursuit of what we consider holy. So now let’s turn to God:
Holy. Holy. Holy.
Set apart. Set apart. Set apart.
Worth it. Worth it. Worth it.
There is none like Him, which is to say He is holy! The most epic being, set apart from all else. When your eyes are opened – when you actually see this – then you won’t require further explanation. You’ll know that the fact that He is holy makes Him worth every effort. You’ll know that all of life’s other pursuits fall laughably short. You’ll see that a life sacrificed for this Holy One is the only worthy pursuit. God is the holiest of all things holy. He is the unique prize that trumps all other prizes we might seek. End of story. In His temple, the place where God met man was called the Holy of holies. He is the King of kings. He is the Lord of all lords! He is the First and the Last. I know it sounds out there, but it’s the Truth. Maybe other “holy” things are keeping your heart in a deadlock: You are living in the grip of a lie. Maybe you’d like to believe it but find it hard to: Stop doubting. Do something radical and pursue Him with everything, as you would something you consider holy. What have you got to lose? If it’s true, He will reveal Himself to you and you’ll come to know the Truth. Either all God says is absolutely true and He really is worth my everything, or it’s all a lie and there’s no real point to this life anyway. There is no in-between. Stop living in the gray. Start seeking the Holy One. The Christian reality is anything but normal, because our Savior is anything but ordinary. He is Holy.