God is calling His Church to be separate. That means He wants you to be set apart, to be disunited from your old ways of living. When He saved you, you were set apart for His use. After all, you are no longer your own. You were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
First Corinthians 1:2 says those who are set apart are called saints.
“No, not me, Gloria. I’m not a saint.”
Yes, you are, if you’re born again. The verse says, “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints….”
In other words, “to them that are made holy, set apart or separated unto God in Christ Jesus, called saints.” So you’re a saint! A Bible saint is one who’s born of God.
What does it mean to be set apart for His use? It means that whatever He wants you to do, you should do. If He asks you to go to your neighbors and tell them the good news, or if He asks you to go to another land, or if He asks you to go into the ministry, or become a teacher or a nurse, then you do it!
Why is that? Because you’ve been redeemed.
When you put something in a pawnshop, you later go back and redeem it. You buy it back. In the same way, as a born-again believer, you’ve been bought back from darkness. You are no longer your own. You have been paid for by the precious blood of Jesus. You now belong to God. And if you intend to let God be God in your life, and you plan to walk in the reverence and fear of the Lord to honor Him, then you will do whatever He tells you to do.
If He calls you to a particular occupation, then that’s what you should do. That’s obedience. That’s being separated unto God. And it’s not just being separated in your job, but in your lifestyle, in your conduct.
He reveals His will to us “as we go.” He may say one day, This thing is holding you back. Make a change. Maybe it’s not a sin. Maybe it is. What matters is that you obey and get rid of it. That’s separating yourself.
So, whatever it is that He’s been speaking to you about, acknowledge it. Make that change. Go where He’s saying to go. Do what He’s been saying to do. Separate yourself!
Speak the Word
I come out and separate myself from among the world so that the Lord may receive me. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Scripture Study: Ephesians 5:1-17