“And that you may put a difference between holy and unholy and between unclean and clean—and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.”
You can’t go with God and stay where you are.
That’s the message in today’s Manna. It’s all about “putting a difference between holy and unholy and between unclean and clean.” Sort of like separating the colored clothes from the whites when you do your washing. You don’t mix them—for one (the colored) will discolor the other (the whites).
And so it is with sin and God’s call for us to be separate from it.
Just as Abraham couldn’t stay in Haran when God called him (Gen. 12:1-4), so can we not “continue in sin so Grace may abound” (Rom. 6:1-23). Likewise, if we, like Jacob, are not wrestling with God (Gen. 32:24-25), then it’s certain we’ll be fighting against Him.
That’s why Joshua said “Choose you this day whom you’ll serve” (Josh. 24:15a).
Again, you cannot stay where you are and go with God—for such duplicity of mind leaves one unstable and uncertain (James 1:6-8). And, it’ll always leave one grabbing for the world’s fool’s gold instead of God’s Glory (Mt. 6:19-24).
So, where are you in your walk of faith, Pilgrim?
Are you on fire for Christ—seeking Him first in your priorities, pursuits, purpose, passions, etc. (Mt. 6:33)? Or, do you give Him the leftovers of your life. . .reading your Bible and praying “if you have time”. . .dropping “what you can afford” in the offering plate when it’s passed on Sunday?
Remember: Your answer to these questions are more revealing than you realize.
Truly, none of us “have arrived” when it comes to serving the Lord (Phil. 3:12-13a); however, that’s no excuse for not wanting to be there! Again, half-hearted service makes the Lord Jesus sick to His stomach (Rev. 3:14-16) and demonstrates how little we really love Him.
True, undefiled service to the Heavenly Father is that which leads us to “come out from among them (sin and sinners) and be separate” (Is. 52:11; II Cor. 6:17a). There can be no double-minded dabbling in sin if we are to enjoy the pleasure of His company and the joy of His smile.
If we are to make a difference in this world, there must be a “difference” (Heb. “badal”—“to divide, distinguish between two, separate, etc.”) in our lives between what is “holy and unholy, clean and unclean.” There can be no mixing between the two; otherwise, one will pollute the other.
It’s all about holiness, Pilgrim. Holiness. Only the “pure in heart will see God” and know where He’s working (Mt. 5:8). May the Holy Spirit help you today to settle it once and for all as to whose bond-slave you’ll be. Willingly chain yourself to Jesus’ chariot today and say “Where You’d go, I will go. What You’d do, I will do. What You’d say, I will say.”
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated October 28, 2010