. . . you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine. - Leviticus 20:26
A few years ago Dave and I lived in a rental next to a small conservation area. Our backyard was lined with a wall of evergreens. After every snow I would marvel at the beauty of those Christmas trees adorned with bright red balls! Those red balls didn’t come from Hobby Lobby. They were God-made. Cardinals! I remember thinking: “A cardinal is not designed to blend in, and neither are we!” What a beautiful picture of sanctification!
God set us apart even before time was birthed. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him” (Ephesians 1:4).
The Apostle Paul introduces himself in his letter to the Roman church as one “called” or “set apart” for the gospel of God. To King Agrippa Paul retells what Jesus said to him on his way to Damascus: “I am sending you [Paul] to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).
We, too, have been set apart to shed light in the darkness. Jesus told His disciples: “We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.” And Paul reminds us that “the night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Time is short! Be who you were set apart to be! Be a bearer of His light!
Open Range Fellowship
Lone Jack, Missouri
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13