Set Apart

2 Timothy 2:21

[21] Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (ESV)

I’ve been hearing over and over again the words “set apart,” “flee,” and “come out.”

The more I have been looking at everything around me, everything in this world, the more my eyes have been open to just how much we look like this world. I think back to Tradition 11 in Alcoholics Anonymous, “attraction rather than promotion.” We draw people to AA not by promoting ourselves, but by what people SEE in us.

1 Peter 3:3–4

[3] Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—[4] but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. (ESV)

I look at this passage, and these are the questions it brings up in me?

  • WHO am I attracting?
  • What do people see in me?
  • Am I looking to see people who are attractive physically or spiritually?
  • Am I spiritually attractive or only physically?

But the biggest question I am hearing is what do I look like? Do I look like the world, or do I look like Jesus?

1 Peter 1:17–19

[17] And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, [18] knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, [19] but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. (ESV)

What Peter speaks here is really eye opening to me. THROUGHOUT THE TIME OF YOUR EXILE. Meaning we ARE IN EXILE.

Have you ever thought of that? Do we realize that this is not our home? And in that question, do I act like I know this is not my home?

Hebrews 11:13–16

[13] These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. [14] For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. [15] If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. [16] But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. (ESV)

We are called to live in exile, to continue doing what God commanded.

Jeremiah 29:4–6

[4] “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: [5] Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. [6] Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. (ESV)

But we have to be careful not to become conformed to this world. It is easy to start trying to be friends with the world, and soon we start looking like the world, and that leads to starting to worship worldly things.

James 4:4

[4] You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (ESV)

Jeremiah 44:8

[8] Why do you provoke me to anger with the works of your hands, making offerings to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have come to live, so that you may be cut off and become a curse and a taunt among all the nations of the earth? (ESV)

I believe God is calling us out. We have become too much like this world. I see warning after warning in the Scriptures to flee, come out, and set apart. Stop looking at this world to decide how we act. Stop looking at the world to give our definition of success or wisdom. And start looking to Jesus. Start looking to the Word. Look to the imperishable over the perishable. This world is passing away.

2 Corinthians 6:17

            [17] Therefore go out from their midst,

                        and be separate from them, says the Lord,

            and touch no unclean thing;

                        then I will welcome you, (ESV)

Zechariah 2:6–7

[6] Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declares the LORD. For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the LORD. [7] Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. (ESV)

Revelation 18:4

[4] Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

            “Come out of her, my people,

                        lest you take part in her sins,

            lest you share in her plagues; (ESV)

This is the call. Am I willing to step out of these comforts of this world, and what makes me fit into this world, to step into the unknown, accepting life as an exile?

Romans 12:2

[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. (ESV)

One thought on “Set Apart

  1. I love this Susan sooooo much. I have been hearing a very similar call.

    Father God, help us to see with eternity in mind. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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