A grand new pursuit for 2013 …

With 2013 just a few days away, many are scrambling to come up with some kind of goal for the New Year.

What should be the new “grand pursuit” for a fresh year?

Moving up the ladder at work?

Finishing that big project?

Or working on something personal, something that will deepen the character?

How about this: rediscovering the sacred and re-establishing reverence for God.

We live in a time where celebrity preachers teach about a “holy buddy,” a “righteous friend,” a “cool divinity,” but not a God to be revered, or a personal hunger for and pursuit of holiness. That’s just too biblical, it’s not culturally trendy.

But it is what God commands of us.

“15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, ‘You must be holy because I am holy’,” 1 Peter 1:15-16.

God is not our “buddy.” He is more than a friend or divine source of life. At the core of who God is is holiness. He is holy, and He commands us to be holy like Him.

You can’t really start to understand God until you start to wrap your mind around the fact that God is utterly holy; and when you see Him as holy, the natural response is to revere Him. Not the cheap acknowledgements we routinely give Him today.

With our disdain for all things religious, we have cheapened that which is truly sacred and lost our reverence of a holy God. Finding that again would be a great pursuit for 2013.