Set apart for our God above
Set apart for the One we love
Set apart for Your glory
These are some of my very favorite worship lyrics. They run through my head on a daily basis. Each time I listen to the song it makes the hair on my arms stand up. The words hit me so hard every time.
What does it mean to be set apart? How does it look to live a set apart life?
Set apart- to reserve for a particular purpose, to make noticeable, distinguish
The definition puts an even more special meaning to the lyrics and meaning. Not only does the song say a lot about this but scripture also mentions this concept in many places. Some of my favorites are:
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
"You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure." Deuteronomy 14:2
Each of these verses demonstrates the concepts of living a set apart life. It puts a special meaning on our life as Christians. We are called to a life that makes us noticeable in a way that honors the One we love, Jesus. We are reserved for a particular calling that God has placed on each of our lives. At times this seems like an impossible task, how can we live up to a standard of a set apart life? But it is not based on our strength (Thank you Jesus). It is all through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we commit our lives to our Savior, He can help us accomplish anything He has planned for us. We just have to be willing and ready servants of the Lord. Living a set apart life is not an easy calling but it will be a rewarding one.
If you are unsure what your calling is - Take time today to ask God what He has set you apart for and in his perfect timing He will reveal His plans for you.
With love, Alissa.