“For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee…” (Deut. 23:14).
It is difficult to not become a part of the world when you are surrounded by the world, its practices and activities everyday. However, God’s call and command to live in purity still stands in effect because of Who He is and it does not change because He Himself does not change (Mal. 3:1). Purity is not limited to one area of our lives. God’s holiness requires that purity encompasses every area of our lives (i.e., in our moral lives, our homes, our communities, in our worship, in our everyday practices and interactions with others).
We limit the purpose of the call and command for holy and separate living to being God’s holy people who are called out unto Him. Reality says that the purpose goes much further than this. Pursuing a broader perspective of this causes us to explore further to understand that it is not only about focusing upon us as God’s people, but to shift the focus upon the Source and Origin of the call and command Himself: God.
The mere fact that God has chosen to dwell in the midst of His people demands that we recognize and acknowledge His presence for Who He is. God is Holy. He will not dwell in unclean vessels. He will not dwell in an unclean environment. Therefore, if we truly intend to live a holy and separate life unto Him, we must be willing to prepare and present our lives as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto Him (Rom. 12:1).
When we have surrendered our lives to Him, He not only gives us His Son, but He gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit comes in and cleans out every area of pollution within our lives. As He does so, it prepares us to receive the ever-willing, ever-abiding presence of the Lord God to come in to abide within us and to make His abode with us (Jn. 14:23).
This is the goal for which we reach: To always remain a vessel of honor wherein the Lord God would be pleased to dwell. In doing so, we bring even greater glory to Him in the midst of this ungodly world. Keep surrendering. Keep yielding. Keep reading. Keep praying. Keep making yourself available. Keep making the Lord God feel welcome to abide within you…