Scripture – So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone. Genesis 35:2-3
Jacob knows his God at least well enough to know that He is holy. He knows that his God does not tolerate anything to be between Himself and those who would seek Him. Jacob also knows that his God is an interactive God unlike the ones that his own household was carrying around. His God answers him and goes with Him not because of Jacob, but because of God.
Yet another example of positional vs. practical. Positionally we are in Christ which means His purity and righteousness are on our account. God sees us in Jesus. From a practical perspective there is a certain amount of house cleaning we need to do. We are commanded to be holy as God is holy. Yet we don’t make ourselves holy, the ability to even strive for a holy life comes from the Spirit. It is as we pursue holiness that God will interact with us, answer us, and be with us.
Lord I repent of my laziness, I’m sorry for not keeping in mind that you are a holy God who doesn’t require my own holiness, but who does desire us to be wholly yours, like a jealous spouse. Help me to be holy out of love and not legalism.