Read Isaiah 6:1-7
As we evaluate our hearts during this fast, our lack of holiness becomes incredibly apparent. In light of this, it is important that we recognize that God has taken the cross of Christ and purified our sinful souls just as he took the hot coal and purified Isaiah’s lips. Why? So that we might be His very own, set apart, Holy, for service to Him.
“You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.” (Leviticus 20:26, NLT)
In his book, Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What comes into your mind when you think about God? Is it His holiness? God says of Himself in the passage above that He is Holy. That is, God is altogether separate from all that is sinful and evil. He is altogether different than anything else. He is the creator and we are the created.
While the passage in Leviticus is speaking of the Israelites, it is much truer of the church. For the Israelites followed the presence of God in the tabernacle, we are His tabernacle. He has made us Holy through the finished work of Jesus Christ. He dwells now in our hearts. After God cleansed Isaiah, Isaiah said, “Send me, Lord.” Likewise, our response to God’s holiness is service.
What comes into our mind when we think about God at this point in the fast is how we might serve Him. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me”. We deny ourselves in order to know the will of the one who sends us. Once we know His will, we find great peace and joy in doing it.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,” (1 Corinthians 6:19, ESV)