Which parts of your day are holy?

Time spent in prayer must count as holy. Worship in church or listening to worship music is holy. Surely any time reading the Bible and devotions is holy.

What about playing a game of Go Fish with your kids? Pouring Cheerios? Chatting with a co-worker at the office? Driving the soccer carpool? Sex with your husband? Washing the supper dishes and changing the third load of laundry before bed?

Exodus 3:1-6

The Burning Bush

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.  And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”  When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Do you spend time during you day standing on holy ground? When asked this question, you may automatically lean toward answering “no.” Do you picture a monastery or someone wearing a white robe, chanting hymns all day? Definitely my life, with its broken-down cars (and the words that slip out of my mouth when it happens), my kids who throw temper tantrums at the dinner table, and the overflowing stacks of paperwork on my desk could not fit into a definition of “holy,” could it?

The definition for the word “holy” means “set apart and dedicated to God, sacred.” I Peter 1:15-16 tells us, “but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”

I used to get itchy nervous when I read that verse. To be “holy in all of my conduct” seemed like a lofty goal for which to reach, but certainly not something I could ever attain. I was missing the key point of the verse, found in the second half. “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” The power comes from God’s presence. When the Holy Spirit is at work in my life, my life is holy. I can be preaching from a mountaintop or changing a dirty diaper, and each task is just as holy and equally important to God’s kingdom. Each is sacred. 

When you give your work to God, no matter how big or small the task, you are standing on holy ground.


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