I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Ex 31:13b
Jehovah Mekoddishkem - derives from the Hebrew word qâdash meaning sanctify, holy, or dedicate. Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. When the two words are combined…Jehovah Mekoddishkem…it can be translated as "The Lord who sets you apart." 1The Lord who makes me holy, sets me apart. He sanctifies me. I love this name of God. This reminder that it is HE who calls me to be holy is the ONE who makes me holy.
Learn with me how exciting this is!! 1 Peter 2:9 tells me that I am
“a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:48
PERFECT is teleios which means to be brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness
Perfect. Holy. Set apart. Sanctified. Words that seem impossible. Words that I have tried to live by. I have tried and tried to be holy, to be perfect but there is always failure. And yet, God calls me to pursue holiness. “Pursue the goal of peace along with everyone—and holiness as well, because no one will see the Lord without it.” Heb 12:14
I am to pursue holiness, because without holiness I will not see the Lord.
PURSUE is dioko which means to means to follow or press hard after, pursue with earnestness and diligence in order to obtain, to seek after eagerly, earnestly endeavor to acquire.
So does God tell me to pursue something that He knows is impossible? Is He asking me to make myself holy? Absolutely not!
His name Jehovah Mekoddishkem clearly tells me that it is my Jehovah, The Lord, who makes me holy! There is nothing I can do to be holy. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify (make you holy) you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
Did you get that? God is the one who will sanctify me! He does the work in me daily as the Spirit of God draws me toward a pursuit of holiness. It is God that sanctifies me so that I now can pursue holiness. I am sanctified through the blood of Christ, His death on the cross, and through His Spirit He continues to sanctify me.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
Oh thank you, Thank YOU! God You not only call me to be holy as You are Holy but You have promised to do the work in me. You will perfect Your will in my life. May I willingly pursue You through Your word and Your will. May I die daily to my flesh and all things that are unholy. Thank you for making a way for me to be holy as you call me into Your holiness. Amen.