Her priests do violence to My law and profane My holy things. They make no distinction between the holy and the common, and they fail to distinguish between the clean and the unclean. They disregard My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Ezekiel 22:26
Blessing is a responsibility not a luxury.
In the book of Ezekiel, the Lord expressed that He felt disrespected by Israel because they treated His things as common. The battle for us today is the same: to know the difference between the holy and the profane.
- His priests entering the Most Holy place however they pleased (drunk)
- The people of Israel learned to worship God with their mouths (while their heart was far from Him)
- They served other gods and YHWH (choose who you will serve!)
God was referring to what was going on in Israel, but we can apply this to our lives today. In order to guard our hearts (souls) we must discern what is holy and profane. Profane relates to things that are not holy or common or things used with disrespect or disregard. The profane is opposite of the things of God and therefore against the advancement of the kingdom of God. Anything that influences us, away from God or against God, is profane and disrespects God.
All that is lifted up and even related to God should be holy and sanctified for Him, including our bodies (how we treat it, what we watch and listen to, where we go and the like.) Any type of behavior, entertainment or form of speech that promotes disrespect, obscenity or offense is profane. The bible says that we would offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). Sacrifice in the OT is “anything consecrated and offered to God”. And because sacrifices were killed, then in essence we are supposed to mortify our flesh with its evil desires which oppose God.
I challenge us to examine our lives and sacrifice any habits, people, places we go or even those choices of entertainment which do not bring honor (respect) to God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your presence, your love and unending mercies. You are holy and just; you are worthy of all praise. Today I present our bodies and minds to you Lord God. I pray you help us discern between the holy and the profane things. May we never lose the awe of your presence and your word. May we always recognize and reverence you with awe Lord. I pray for deeper convictions for us all. In Jesus name, Amen.