SET APART: TO, FOR, and FROM

Posted: May 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

The words of Moses in Exodus 33:16 have, for the past several days, been on my heart and mind.

“For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”

Perhaps we are set apart from, by first being set apart to, and then set apart for.  Set apart to God, set apart for God’s service, and set apart from the philosophy  and expectations of a world that has largely chosen to ignore the God of the bible.

Trying to be set apart from, without being first set apart to and for, is a painful experience for the one trying to be set apart.  Are we set apart from the world because of what we do, or don’t do, or are we set apart from , as a result of God’s presence which helps us to stay set apart to and for.  I believe that there can be no genuine being set apart from the world unless there is heartfelt setting apart to God and for God.

SETTING APART TO, FOR, AND FROM 

1. Our lives set apart to God.

2, Our lives set apart for God

3, Our lives set apart from a world system that is much like the world that Jesus was born into.

Note we are not set apart from the world to cast condemnation but rather to draw people to Christ.  The Christ that can be seen in the richly lived lives of those who have been set apart to God, for God, and from the world.

A CHALLENGE

I have purposely not been specific concerning what set apart to, for, and from may mean, as I am still seeing and learning what it means for me.

I challenge you to spend time meditating on and answering this question: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME TO BE SET APART TO GOD, SET APART FOR GOD (OTHERS) AND SET APART FROM THE WORLD?

There is more: I challenge you to slowly and prayerfully read through the four gospels and in a notebook  journal the places where the words and actions of Jesus challenge you in the areas of your life concerning being set apart to God, for God , and from the world.

And then prayerfully ask God what He wants you to do, that your life may be set apart to God, for God (others) and from the world.

John



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Comments
  1. Sami says:

    thank you for the challenge. I accept 🙂

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