As Moses approached the burning bush, God stopped him: “Do not come closer. Take off your sandals. You are on holy ground.” But what made the ground holy that day? It was just dirt or sand; there was nothing intrinsic to the particles of that patch of ground that made it holy. It was God’s presence that made it holy. And so, standing in God’s presence on ground He made holy, Moses removed his sandals in a show of respect and honor.
This is what God does. He makes holy that which He inhabits. We see it here with a patch of ground. We will see it later with the tabernacle, namely, the most holy place, and we see it in our lives. As Christians, we are a holy nation (1 Pet. 2:9). But we are just like the grains of sand or particles of dirt that Moses stood on. There is nothing intrinsic within us to make us holy—it is because of God’s presence in us that we became holy at the moment of our salvation. And it is only through the ongoing work of God in us and through us that we live holy lives as an accurate representation of our new, true identities in Christ.
Why is it important to remember that God makes you holy and that you are not holy on your own?