Tuesday, March 24 2009
Key Verse: Isaiah 6:3 “And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.”
1. Holiness Higher Than Life
V1 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.”
King Uzziah was one of the holiest kings among the kings and the people throughout the Old Testament. God had used him greatly as he led the people in living holy lives in trusting and obeying God. After his death, God showed Isaiah that behind the earthly throne of King Uzziah was His heavenly throne, the King of all kings and the holy of holies.
Today, God is not looking for the longest living person, the healthiest, the smartest, the most intelligent, the most gifted, the most talented, the wealthiest, the most famous, the most handsome or the prettiest, but He is looking for a holy man or woman of God! All of us including great kings and leaders will die one day but what do we leave behind this earth?
2. Holiness Higher Than Talents
V5 “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
The world values talents more than holiness as we often hear people talking about excellent performances, great speeches, fantastic music, exciting movies and impressive dramas but seldom do we hear people commenting on the holiness of God and the people.
However, God values our holiness more than our talents. This is the reason why seemingly excellent and famous people are perishing and going to hell because God requires holiness in His people in heaven. Unless the people confesses their sins, repents their wicked ways, believe in God and seek His holiness, God shall reject them.
The prophet Isaiah knew that he was unholy as he confessed his sins and let God cleansed him before making himself available to God.
3. Holiness Higher than Possessions
V11 “Then said I, Lord, How long? And He answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.”
The world values possessions and material wealth but these things are transient and temporal. God shall judge the wickedness and evil of the world when the people’s possessions are completely wiped out either by recession or calamities or both. This is the time when the people will truly reflect upon the existence of God and life purpose and existence on earth and some will believe in God and trust in Him.
Food for Thought
You can lose your possessions, talents and life but do not lose your holiness in God.