When God calls out to Moses from the unburning bush in the wilderness, he tells Moses that the place is holy ground. And as we reflect on this holy moment, we realize that we are on holy ground right now, unless we are excluding the presence of God from our lives…
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
When God calls out, Moses answers. This is a holy moment in a holy place. God told Moses he was on holy ground and that he should remove his sandals. How holy is the ground where you are? When you interact with God, how holy is the ground? How holy is the moment?
There is a pretty big contrast between the holy ground of God’s conversation with Moses and the unholy ground upon which we walk each day. Is that fair to say? I don’t feel like I live in a holy place and although I work for a Christian organization I don’t feel like work is a holy place. Even church feels like a building – not a holy building – just a building.
I think we have done that to ourselves: as part of our thinking around the stewardship of building cathedrals and the stewardship of God’s resources in a way which maximizes ministry return-on-investment, we are clear that the building is necessary, but it is not holy. I get it.
At the root of this idea is another idea that there is no separation of sacred and secular. And we sometimes get so comfortable that once we sprinkle regular tap water on the church building, we get some on ourselves and stop acting like every place is holy ground for the Christian.
In other words, what made it holy ground for Moses was that he was interacting with Almighty God there. And if that is what constitutes holy ground, then the church is holy when we meet there with God. And the workplace is holy when we work unto the Lord there. And finally, invoking the truth that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, our lives and everywhere we go ought to be holy, unless we are excluding God’s presence from our activities there.
Anywhere. Everywhere. Time for some sober second thought, eh?
You are standing on holy ground. Remove your sandals. Physically. And Spiritually. God is calling. Answer: Here I am.