One of the lessons that the Old Testament constantly reminds us that God is Holy. God is other. God is different from we are. Now, Jesus showed us God's heart. And through Jesus, God did become one of us, walked as we walk, talked as we talk. Jesus shows us God's love and mercy and compassion towards all.
And perhaps because He is Holy, He is love. To be Holy means to be different. When God calls us to be Holy has He is Holy, He is calling us to be different from the world we live in. And perhaps God's love shows God's Holiness. He is different in that in all that He does, He loves. In a world full of judgement, hate, and despair, God is Holy. God is love.
New Testament Lesson
One of the lessons we learn from Acts is that God will make a way. Time after time when all looked lost for the Apostles, when things looked most hopeless, God opened a God, God made a way, God sent someone to save. God gave strength and hope when there was no reason for either. God made a way. And He will make a way for you today.
Jesus reminds us to be watchful. Be aware. Know that He is always near, He is never far. Know that our hearts and eyes should always be watchful. Not just for His return but for what He is doing now. Look around and see. He is at work all around you! Be watchful. And then we you see what God is doing, join in!