When you think of the phrase set apart, you think of something that is not with or close to other things. A lot of times we see it in terms of distance or even in likeness. For Christians, both of these are true as we walk in our salvation in comparison to the world. Now this does not mean disconnecting yourself from life but rather being noticeably different from the things around you. The way you talk, dress, act, serve, and even treat people.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
So, what does this mean? If you have committed your life fully and are pursuing after a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Christ, you are going to have to make changes. ALL of us, daily, have to work on this. The world needs to see that there is something different about the way we live our life. If we blend in and go with what is “socially” acceptable then the world does not have a chance to see Christ through us.
As we begin to really exam our lives and we have God search our heart, we begin to find areas that are very worldly. Maybe the way we dress, the way we speak, or even the things we watch or participate in with social media. If we are not building the kingdom by our example of daily living, are we really set apart? We all have friends who are not saved, that’s just part of life with co-workers, or even relatives. If those who are unsaved can’t tell there is something drastically different about our daily walk, then are we really set apart? If we have habits, thoughts, and actions that are socially accepted by the world, are we really set apart? If we watch inappropriate material, smoke, drink, have foul speech, and encourage those around us to do the same by accepting it, are we really set apart?
Is this going to be tough… Yes. We will lose friends, and relationships…Yes. Will we need God’s help to get through it… Yes. Will being set apart actually be worth all of it…YES!
Growing closer in your relationship with Christ will always be worth it. I encourage you today to live a life that is set apart from the world.