Holy to the Lord

Today’s Scripture Selection: Leviticus 27:30

“All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit of the tree, are the LORD’s; they are holy to the LORD.”

At the end of the book of Leviticus, one final point is made that sums up much of the book.

That which is given to the LORD is holy.

We can’t give it half-heartedly, or hope to work a deal to somehow get it back.

We can’t only act as if we are giving it, and then somehow take claim again.

We can’t make a show of our sacrificial giving, and then juggle the books, spiritually speaking, so we don’t actually give as much or anything at all.

Oh, we may be tempted to try but the Scripture is quite clear on the matter.  If it dedicated to God – it’s God’s.

Of course, when you think about it, it could only be that way.  After all, as the Psalms make so clear, everything – including our very lives – belongs to the LORD anyway.  We are merely stewards of what He owns.

So, as another year draws to a close, I would invite you to think about how you can best live your life as a steward of God’s property – yourself included.

It may add a different perspective to that list of New Year’s resolutions on which you have been working.

Dedicate yourself – fully and completely – to living a holy life for God.

There is literally no limit to what God can do with such an act of faithful commitment.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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