Hello there, friends!
On this lovely Saturday evening (more like freezing Saturday evening), I thought I’d address the idea of being “set apart.”
As Christians, we are set apart from this world. We are given a purpose, a goal in life. That goal is to spread the truth of the Gospel with the lost souls around us, and help make more disciples. Being a Christian also means that by accepting Jesus as Lord of our lives, we also have to remove the idols from our lives that can take His place. To say yes to God, we also have to say no to other things, which can be hard sometimes. One of the reasons we run from God is that we don’t want to be ruled. We don’t want to have a “god.” We want to have “freedom.” We want to be rebellious.
The truth is, if your god isn’t the one true God, then your god is going to be something else. It could be something like money, alcohol, a relationship with a person, etc. The problem with these idols is that they will CONTROL you.
God wants to rule you, but He doesn’t want to control you. He wants to be your God, but He also wants to have a relationship with you. He loves you! If He isn’t ruling you, if He isn’t guiding you and your choices and decisions, if He isn’t walking beside you daily and catching you when you fall and make mistakes, then you are looking to someone or something else to meet these needs. God is the only one who is capable of such love and wisdom.
The principle of submitting to God is a reason many people reject God! Some people who don’t even believe in God don’t like the idea of there being a God. They think that this God would CONTROL them, because they would have to say no to some of the evil things their flesh desires. We don’t want to say no to those things sometimes.
As Christians, we live in an evil, sinful world. We are the light of the world, a city on a hill! The world hates us because we love Jesus, and because we try to share His light. This Light is telling them to say no to their fleshly desires, and they don’t like that. This doesn’t mean we should give up. This doesn’t mean we should lose all hope.
Each and every day, more and more people are coming to Jesus. Think of your own salvation. I’m sure there was at least one person who pointed you on that path. Maybe she asked you the hard questions. Maybe she opened her Bible and began to explain the Gospel. Maybe he or she is a parent, a friend, a cousin, etc. Whoever it is, there has to be someone in your life who helped point you to Jesus. Someone who impacted your life. I’m sure you didn’t just happen to stumble across a Bible lying around and holler, “Oh, look at that! It’s Jesus!” If you did, I would love to hear about that experience!
Think about it. I’m sure there was at least one person. At least one person who stepped forward and took the time and care to talk to you about Jesus. At least one person who asked you the hard questions. At least one person who pointed you to the Truth. At least one person who listened to Jesus’ calling, and stepped forward to be that light.
Now, you should be that someone for someone else. Think about the chances in your life where you could have shared Jesus with someone else.
You see, you are set apart as a Christian. You are set apart from this dark world around you. You are not “normal.” You are not “unimportant.” You are not “purposeless,” or “hopeless.” You cannot live on the excuse, “Well, what can I do?”
You can do so much more! You can read your Bible. You can pray. You can hear Jesus calling you to your purpose. Jesus does not see you as the people around you see you! He sees you with so much potential! What is that potential worth if you don’t do anything with it? Because you are set apart, you have to impact the world around you! You have to be that light.
Here are some encouraging verses:
Thank you very much for reading, and have a blessed day!