Pastor Tim Romero
Leviticus 11:44–45 (ESV): 44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy."
Christians are peculiar people, not unusual or odd but special and particular. Our conduct and manner of living are to be rooted in holiness. This call separates us from the world and makes us peculiar people.
The dietary laws found in Leviticus 11 were given to set the Israelites apart from the world. Secondarily they were meant to keep them healthy from unsanitary means of preparing food. More importantly than that though is the Lordship that is declared, God is God and we are not. He decides what we are to do and we simply obey.
When God reminds us of His Lordship it is meant to re-establish His authority over us. He is God. That means He can do what He pleases. He will always operate out of love and never abuse His authority but make no mistake about it He has every right to tell us how to live our lives. The mandate of holiness continues in the New Covenant. God wants His people to be peculiar and separate from the world. We are sent in to the world but we are not to be of the world. Therefore our conduct should be holy. Live in such a way that people will see the difference and perhaps desire what you have. He is holy, may we reflect that holiness by how we conduct our lives.
Father, we thank You for being the Lord of our lives. We would be so far from You had You not led us to the Cross and Your Son and given us the faith to believe. We want our lives to reflect Your nature. Help us to be holy as You are holy. We surrender to Your Lorship today. Have Your way in us we pray in Jesus name, amen.