Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 NKJV
I recently read a book that I highly recommend. It’s not a feel good, entertaining book, but a challenging one. The Book is called Set Apart Woman: God’s Invitation To Sacred Living by Leslie Ludy.
Leslie challenges you in your walk as a wife, mother and child of God .
I really believe that God has called us believers to live a set apart life.
When I read it I found, myself saying “yes!”. So much of what she say’s has been the cry of my heart since my late teenage years. I remembered being so confused by how people would live during the week and then act at church on Sundays. It seemed so off and messed up to me.
I have not always behaved myself. Growing up I went through at time of rebellion and not living the way I knew God wanted me to. People would call me a Christian and I remember being so frustrated and embarrassed to be called that, but not for the reason you would think. The truth is I didn’t feel like I deserve that title. I was not living my life for the Lord and was setting a terrible example. I didn’t think I should be considered a Christ follower when I was living the opposite of how the Lord called His followers to live.
In this day and age we have made God common and tried to bring Him down to our level and justifying why we live the way we do, act the way we do or participate in the things we do. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is the same yesterday today and forever and His Word is true…all of it, from Genesis to Revelations.
He has not called us to live like the world, but to be set apart.
Set Apart: to make someone or something different and special.
That doesn’t sound common or the same as everyone else does it?
And yet, that’s what we are so concerned with doing; to blend in to look like, talk like, act like everyone else. We’ve come so far that pretty much anything goes. We aren’t concerned with what we watch, how we speak, how we pend our time or how we manage our time, finances, raise our children, etc.
So many times Israel was disciplined in the Bible because they had assimilated into the pagan cultures around them. They started to worship God the same way these other religions did and worshipping their false god’s. They started to eat like them, dress like them, keep the same feasts and festivals like them. And yet, they were supposed to be set apart. God had given them instructions on how to live their lives and it was very different from the cultures around them.
Our walk is a reflection of who we are and what we believe. Do we make mistakes ? Yes! Thank God for the blood of Jesus! But that’s not an excuse to live however we want and then claim the blood. If that’s the case, we’ve missed the point.
My desire is to be set apart and to teach my children to live set apart lives. I want them to know that they have a purpose and calling on their lives and that God has given us instructions on how to walk it out. Yes, we are going to look different and it will be hard, because the draw of fitting in is so strong, but the blessing far outweighs the short term comfort.
Let’s continue to walk set apart, raise our children up to be set apart for Gods glory and change the world!