Hello, My Name is ... God | Exodus 31:13
Exodus 31:13 "Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
I just returned from a trip to NY to meet with some local pastors. While there, we visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The experience was very moving. As our tour boat took us to the sights, I tried to imagine the emotions of the immigrants as they saw Lady Liberty after weeks or months at sea, and later, as they walked up the steps to enter the immigration building on Ellis Island to begin the process of becoming citizens of the new country. These were special people who, with little or no money, made their way in the new world. Talk about self-made men and women! Our country has been greatly blessed. Even through challenging times of war and economic struggles, hard working individuals have been given the opportunity to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
But when it comes to our relationship with God, no person can make his or her own way. We are sinners to the core, and our best effort on our best day is far below God’s standard. We can’t pull ourselves up by our own spiritual bootstraps because when it comes to a relationship with God, we have no spiritual boots!
Only God can make us holy. Maybe that has been one of your struggles. You have been trying to make yourself good enough for God. You have been trying to set yourself apart for God. Sorry, but it just can’t happen. But here’s the Good News—Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus died for our sins, so that through our trust in him we could be made holy. Jesus walked in our boots and pulled us up by his sacrifice on the cross. Trust in him as the One who makes you holy.
Father, thank you for sending your Son. I pray for the person trying to make himself good enough for you. I pray that you will help him see the futility of their efforts. I pray that they will trust in Jesus today as the One who makes them holy. In his name. Amen.