Our God is holy. We serve a holy God. When God called Moses from the burning bush vision, he answered: ‘here am I’. Then God asked him to put off his shoes because he was standing on a holy ground.
“And he said, draw not night hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exo. 3:5).
God spoke to Moses “don’t draw near yet”. Remove your dirty shoes from your feet because my presence on this mountain has made the place a holy ground”. Where ever two or more are gathered together in the name of Jesus, God is there. Any where God is present is holy because God is holy. That particular mountain was not holy in itself. It was the presence of God on that mountain that made it become a holy ground. God is a holy God.
God said to Moses: “before you can move closer to me, there is something you need to put-off”. In Moses’ case, it was his shoes. In your own case, it could be something else. The bottom line is that God is holy. Anything that is unholy in, on or around us should be dropped off if we want to have a relationship with this holy God.
Put off the old man
Ephesians 4:21-24 talks about putting-off the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust, and putting-on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Moses had to put-off his shoes and walk bare before God to signify holiness in order to be able to draw near to God. For us, we need to put off the old man and put on the new man in order to be able to draw near to God in righteousness and holiness.
II Corin. 5:17 says “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. A carnal Christian who is yet to put-off the old man completely cannot know God intimately. To know God, we need to be able to draw near to God. This speaks of a more intimate relationship with Jehovah God.
We need to walk in the spirit in order not to fulfil the lust of the flesh. Putting-off is a deliberate attempt. It is something we need to do consciously and intentionally.
Be bare before God
Not until Moses removed his shoes completely that he could draw nearer to God. God stopped speaking until Moses was ready for holiness. God had stopped speaking to so many Christians today, waiting for them, until they will be ready to live a holy life. That is, until they are ready to “Put-off their dirty shoes” and appear bare and clean before God in holiness.