Set Apart

14 Feb

Do you have things that you “set apart?” Do you save certain things for a special occasion or for a dedicated purpose? I recall as a little girl having “Sunday shoes” dedicated to wear to church. We had “gym clothes” which we kept at school in a locker ready for physical education class. My father had “work clothes” that he only wore to work because they got filthy in the machine shop where he was employed. I even had a “Sunday coat” for wintertime. All those things bore a function for certain days and times, not for every day. You might say they were special since we had set them apart for a certain time. I suppose if I think further on this, I have a few things that I set apart for certain reasons or occasions even today.

Did you know God has set us apart for a divine purpose? God’s plans are for us to be forgiven and cleansed and energized in preparation for doing his purpose in the world. Some of the spiritual writers call this sanctification: “set apart or declared holy.”

Mind you, this is not because of anything we have done; we are not set apart because we are so awesome, good, faithful and true 100% of the time, but rather we are set apart by God’s good grace poured over us as a precious gift. And my gift back to God is to honor his ways, believe in his word and be available to others in that same grace-giving sense.

What I recall about my “Sunday shoes” is that they never wore out. I likely outgrew them instead,

As for my life being set apart as God’s follower, I may never wear out either because the Lord will bring newness to my days just for the asking and that is something I will never outgrow.

” Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”– 2 Timothy 2:21

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