Here's a DVO devotion from last year that seeks to explain the meaning of the words "holy" and "sacred" and I think does it rather well.
March 3, 2016
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace... 2 Tim 1:9 (NIV)
Vocation - Part 3
Holy means "sacred and set apart."
Isa 63 says, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory..."
God is holy.
1 Pet 1:15 says, "Now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy."
God wants us to be holy
1 Pet 1:2 "God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ."
God has made us holy.
To "sanctify" is the process of being made Holy. Which is what Jesus has done for us - sanctified us. The second part of 2 Tim 1:9 says (MSG), "We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it."
Do we behave holy to be holy? Or are we made holy? Is it 'works based'? Or a work of grace?
There's a tension between living holy and being made holy...
God formed Adam out of dust. Picture His hands scooping up dirt, shaping it, carving out arms and legs, then caressing it until a face formed. Adam remained a beautiful pile of dust until one thing happened: God breathed into him.
The moment that the breath of God connected with this shaped dirt, life ignited within Adam, and he BECAME. It is the breath of God that manifests His holiness to earth. These dust buckets we call bodies are filled with the Holiness and sanctity of the Divine, and it keeps us alive. When we die, the breath leaves our bodies, and they return once again to the dust.
We have more than a connection with God - His breath fills us all, whether we know it or not. But for some, we understand that we have this treasure in "jars of clay"... we understand that we are the temple in which God dwells. (1 Cor 3:16-17). Through Jesus, the ability to become aware of what we have within us is attainable. Through His life, death and resurrection, our blindness is turned to sight, and we are free from the disconnect of the knowledge of the Holy. We can now peer underneath the physicality of life into the realm of the spirit, the divine, the supernatural... God.
This is holy living. Knowing that we are connected to God - acknowledging that He sustains us and holds us together... and in turn, this connects us with one another. It is a sacred and holy knowing. A revelation that is sacred for eternity.
And this awareness, given by grace and received by faith, prompts us to respond with our lives... what do we do with this knowledge? What do you do when you were once blind but can now see?
The article that you will find here contains a very pertinent analysis of Neill Blomkamp’s wonderful film "District 9" in the light of the current refugee crisis. Here's the start of the article: "Sometimes the best way to approach the horrors of the real world is indirectly, through fantasy. Allegory can make important points free from the journalistic burdens. On its release in 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 was acclaimed as a clever sci-fi/action movie that used a story about alien refugees to explore South Africa’s shameful apartheid past.
But today it’s imagery and ideologies have a new resonance. Eight years after its release, as Europe struggles to cope with the ongoing migration crisis - and as media and politicians seek to dehumanise the most vulnerable of people - District 9 is more relevant than ever."
Very sad news... Tony Doyle (Old Xav. - former pupil of mine) has passed away suddenly. Please keep him and his family in your prayers and thoughts. We will pray in our community for Tony and all the family. My heart goes out to them all. I have very fond memories of teaching Tony: a lovely personality, always smiling and joking.
Having a bit of fun listening to some old favourite 1980s songs nice and loud in my bedroom... feel 17 again!! The menu is an eclectic mix ofThe Icicle Works, XTC, early REM, The Cocteau Twins, Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Ultravox, early OMD + Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure, Clannad, Kate Bush, Crowded House and more...What do "Vienna" by Ultravox and "Hollow Horse" by The Icicle Works (a song that has a very important place in my personal journey) have in common?Well, in my opinion, both have very well written and constructed bridge sections (typically the section of the song after the 2nd chorus that introduces contrasting music/lyrics that provide - in the best of cases - fresh momentum in the build-up to a barnstorming final chorus) and when, in each case, the final chorus does arrive it does so on a wave of emotion and sound that just sends shivers down my spine, even now, all these years after having first heard them.Now THAT'S what I call good songwrit…