Leviticus 11:45 – “Be Holy”


Leviticus 11:45: “I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God, therefore be holy, because I am holy.”

Some Christians avoid reading Leviticus because it seems like a long list of do’s and don’ts. They think it is no longer applicable to them. But God has some important lessons in Leviticus He wants us to learn. One of them is about holiness. Holiness is one of the themes of the book of Leviticus. God chose the Israelites to be His people and He gave them a set of rules that forms the book of Leviticus. What does God mean when He tells His people to be holy?

To be holy means “to be set apart.” God wants His people to be set apart to fulfill His purposes, to serve Him and for His glory. God wants His people to live according to His rules so that when non-Christians see them, they could tell that Christians are different, that they live by higher moral and value standards than the rest of the world. This would cause non-Christians to seek God for themselves. How could Christians live like that? They can only do so with God’s help through the work of the Holy Spirit and so, all glory goes to God.

In practice, what does being holy look like? A young Christian woman had to choose between going out with her friends to a drinking party or to stay at home. In the end, she chose to stay at home. She called her mother and asked if she did the right thing and her mother assured her she made the right choice. To be holy may mean that she must be prepared to be different and even be called boring. But going out drinking with her friends would lead to drunkenness, a loosening of morals and inhibitions. She may regret her actions when under the influence of alcohol.

A man committed a traffic offence and was stopped by the traffic police. He knew that if he offered a small bribe to the traffic police officer, he would be allowed to get away with his offence. He was thinking whether he should or should not bribe the police officer. In the end, he told the police officer he was a Christian and he was willing to accept punishment for breaking the law.

Doing the right thing is not easy and can come with a cost. But God tells us to be holy because He is holy and if we call ourselves Christians, we must obey God’s call to holiness, to obey God’s commands to uphold Christian values and morals. Will you do that?


Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we worship you for you are Holy. Please forgive us for the times we were weak and sinned. Help us to resist temptation to sin and to remain holy for your glory. In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.



  1. How can you make personal holiness a priority in your life?
  2. In what ways do you think God helps you to be holy and is being Holy your goal?
  3. Why do you think God wants you to be holy? Discuss.
  4. Is it possible to be holy most of the time and what must you do when you do something unholy? Discuss.