Does this title seem like an oxymoron to you? It does to me ~ and I’m truly beginning to love how God has been working in my heart in the past few years. Showing me delight in things I previously found absolutely frightening. He is so good and so patient as I learn these truths.
What does it mean to be set-apart? As I searched these words in scripture, there are about 60 verses that touch on the subject. Some of them deal with animals, unclean things, or cities. However, most of these verses deal with people and how the Lord has set us apart. Being “set apart” is not for only certain people. It is not for those who’ve gone through seminary or special theology classes…it is for all who call on the name of Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Let me share a few with you here ~
Leviticus 20:26, “You are to be holy to Me because I, Yahweh, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be Mine.”
Psalm 4:3, “Know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for Himself; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.”
Jeremiah 1:5, “I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Galatians 1:15, “But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased”
I Peter 1:2-3, “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
I think the verse in Leviticus gives us a beautiful picture of who we are to the Lord. The phrasing is very clear, that we have done nothing on our own to receive the bounty of God’s love. Simply because HE is Holy, we are called holy and called to be set apart. We are separate from those who do not have a relationship with the Lord. This does not mean we are better than others. But it does give us an amazing privilege ~ to call the Almighty Creator of the Universe, our Father. We can call Him our friend, our confidante, our protector, our healer, our Savior.
God is PLEASED to call us His own ~ He yearns to reconcile us back to Him.
I know I wrote a bit about being “set apart” in my last blog, but felt like there was more to say. It can be our delight to be set apart. When we allow God to lead us into the calling He personally and specifically places on our life, being set apart doesn’t look lonely ~ it looks whole and full! This is not the game of kickball in 2nd grade where you got picked last…or not at all. God chose YOU to be right where you are at this very moment in time because YOU are the one He wants to be a light to the neighbors, family, or co-workers that surround you. You have a unique job that no one else can quite fill the way you do. Dive in and see what He has planned for you!
Sometimes, being set apart can feel like you are alone in the quest that God has given you. Especially if you are the only Christian in your home, work place, dorm room, or in your family. But you are not by yourself ~ the Lord is with you and because He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8), He will never leave you or forget about you.
So take a moment today and ask God what it is that He has set you apart for. What is it that He has been whispering to your heart to do? Take time in your prayers to seek Him and not say a word ~ yep…just quietly listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and not give a list of wants and needs. God is faithful to answer you when you call.
It is always safe to go where God is.