“How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

– Exodus 33:16 NIV

What I have learned from the dialogue Moses had with God in Exodus 33 speaks to what I now recognize and identify as the ‘sacred lifestyle’ he was expressing as what would distinguish him and God’s people from all other people on the face of the earth. Is what Moses was inquiring about with God any different from what God desires of His people today?

Christian and non-Christian alike suffer and both succeed. You have Christians, as well as those who are not, who are wealthy, and both endure poverty. As Jesus declared, God will cause the sun to shine on the righteous and unrighteous and rain to fall on the just and the unjust. So when you read the conversation Moses was having with God regarding what would distinguish him and God’s people from all other people, what was Moses referring to?

‘The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.'” – Exodus 33:14-15 NIV

God is omnipresent. God is everywhere at the same time. But not everyone has the internal indwelling Presence of God filling them with His Holy Spirit. This exclusive privilege is set aside for those who believe in Jesus Christ as the risen Savior whose shed blood and sacrifice of life on the cross affords them the privilege of experiencing what Moses was inquiring to God in Exodus 33. Beyond the inhabitation of God’s Spirit living within the body of the believer, the ‘sacred lifestyle’ embodies the attitude Moses displayed by expressing the desire to be distinguished from all other people on the face of the earth.

‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.’ – Philippians 2:5 NIV Moses desired to be distinguished as one who belonged to God. He wanted to be different. He embraced the idea of being peculiar and felt it necessary to only go where God’s Spirit would lead. So the ‘sacred lifestyle’ encompasses the attitude and actions of someone who seeks sincerely and strives to be led by the Spirit of God and live in a manner that reflects one who belongs to God.

Do you think the challenges associated with striving to embody the ‘sacred lifestyle’ today is any different from what the people of Moses’ day faced?

Are the internal/external forces and challenges associated with walking by faith different today than in Moses’ day?

The sacred lifestyle requires something of the one who chooses to respond to the invitation to walk with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Embracing the ‘mind of Christ’ to emulate His attitude and striving to allow the power of the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit to replicate Christ’s actions is what allows a person to embody the ‘sacred lifestyle.’

May God bless you and help you to embrace the attitude and actions of Christ to embody the sacred lifestyle He came for us to experience as we walk by faith.


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