Holy Ground

“Then He said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).

Moses was told that the ground by the burning bush is holy ground, ground made holy by the presence of God. We sing two songs both called “Holy Ground.” They can convey the idea that where a group is gathered is holy ground and this is true. However, have you ever thought that as a Christian where you are is holy ground? It doesn’t matter whether you are alone or in a group, you are standing on holy ground.

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are” (I Corinthians 3:16-17).

Paul said. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).

Peter tells us to be holy in all our behavior because, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:13-16).

We are warned not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God in Ephesians 4:30. When we do not try to resist temptation, when we do not try to become Christ-like, we grieve the Holy Spirit. We grieve Him by failing to acknowledge that we are on holy ground.

Let us, as we go through life, remember that where we are is holy ground.

Song: “Holy Ground”

Ever present Father, God we fail at times to acknowledge Your presence and that where we are You are. May we never lose sight of the fact that we are in Your mighty and awesome presence. In the name of our Lord Jesus. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado