Ancient Wisdom: February 23, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

Meditation: “Be it…Do it”

The arrangement if this week’s Old Testament lesson makes it clear that holiness is not only a profession, it is a performance. Every illustration of holiness is an incarnation of it.

Today, we often hear people say, “Words are cheap.” Apparently, they were in Israel’s day too. So, God made it plain that the only valid declaration of being holy was living a holy life–and doing so in the concrete situations in which we find ourselves.

Thousands of years later, the greatest hypocrisy is to testify to something, but not live it. The world ignores words without deeds, and it should. But there is no greater validation of faith than the living of it.

God’s great desire is for us to “be” holy, but that desire remains unfulfilled until our claim becomes our conduct.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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