You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them. I am the Lord. Leviticus 18:4-5God calls His people to live at a standard higher than the unbelievers who surround them. In Leviticus chapters 18, 19 and 20, God reviews His higher standards regarding relationships, religion, and the rights and responsibilities of community members.
Why these higher standards? God intended Israel to be a light and a standard for the rest of the world, and Israel’s leaders to be a light and a standard for the Jewish nation. God expects the same of leaders today. Why must we be faithful in keeping a higher standard than the rest of the world? To be like God. To make us qualified for ministry. To guarantee God’s blessing on our life. And to receive God’s reward for faithfulness.
And what characterizes those who choose to pursue life at God’s higher standard?They adopt godly values.
They care for the interests of others.
They live with integrity.
They keep their word.
They develop their gifts and potential.
They manage time and money well.
They pass on to others what they have received.