Set Apart
July 15, 2016

I have been enjoying our current series so much!  Not only am I learning things about God’s will, but I am also learning about the simplicity and goodness of God.  He truly loves us and wants His children to be blessed in every area of their lives.  Because we are in this series regarding God’s will for our lives, I wanted to see what the Bible plainly said about it.  The Word says God’s will for our lives is live a holy life.

Hebrews 10:10 says, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.” 

1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, “God’s will is for you to be holy…”

What do you think about when you hear the word Holy?  When I hear it, I think about angels and halos, righteous living, never doing anything wrong, never thinking bad thoughts, always responding with kind words and always being peaceful.  For some, it raises legalism’s thoughts of drinking, gambling, dancing and music.  “Holy” actually means to be set apart; dedicated or devoted to the service of God; having a spiritually pure quality, for example “a holy love.”  It is not based on morality or our views of values.

I feel sometimes we act as if holiness were outdated or something that characterizes only a small part of our lives.  This is partly due to our desire to be culturally relevant to unbelievers.  While I understand the importance of relating to those who haven’t made the decision to be believers of Christ yet, I also know that what the Word says:  “You must be holy because I am only.” 1 Peter 1:16

God’s call to be holy is a radical, all-consuming claim on our lives…every single part of it.  To be a follower of Christ, requires nothing less than to die to our prideful, spiritual selves.  Mark 8:35 states “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up  your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.   And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul?”  He asks us to give up our own life (become holiness-minded) simply for the sake of the Good News.  He wants us submitted to Him so He can use us to help build the Kingdom of God!

Being holy isn’t something that we should be ashamed of or hide from others.  It shouldn’t embarrass us or cause us to want to avoid that subject with those who haven’t committed to Christ yet.  When you have a relationship with someone (possibly an unbeliever) and are being led by the Holy Spirit, God’s loving conviction and correction has an opportunity to reach them.  Holiness isn’t a set a choices we make.  It should not be reduced to a system of beliefs that will put us in right standing with God.  It’s about being set apart, devoted and dedicated to your God.  We become holy the second we decide to be a follower of Christ.  It continues through an on-going, actively seeking relationship with Him.  Just like grace, holiness is not earned.

 To be holy means that all we are, all we do, and all we have belongs to God, not ourselves.  To be holy means that every aspect of our lives is to be shaped and directed toward God.  He wants us to freely give Him access to every area of our lives to shape us into the person He has designed.  We need this shaping to fulfill our calling and to build the Kingdom.  Give God the ability in your life to mold you into a world changer, set apart for the sake of the Good News.

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