Three Big Reasons

There are three major reasons why God has set us apart from the world: To live for Him, serve Him and to worship Him.

The word “holy” means “set apart.” When we were saved, God set us apart for Himself as His special treasure. We now belong to Him, because He has purchased us with the precious blood of His Son, Jesus. We have been redeemed at a tremendous cost, therefore we are of great value to God.

When we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, an exchange took place. We gave our lives to Christ, and He gave His life to us. Our lives may only extend 70 or 80 or possibly 90 years, but His life lasts for all eternity. We now have eternal life, but our life belongs to Him. As a result, God expects us to live our lives completely for Him. Did you know that?

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJV)

God made us holy so that we might live for Him! This is why we must always seek to do His will and not follow our own desires. We need to find out His plan and purpose for our lives, so that we might be pleasing in His sight. This is what makes us different from the rest of the world!

God not only wants us to live for Him, but to also serve Him. We are not here just to serve ourselves and our own interests. We serve God by studying His Word and doing what He says through it. We are the servants of God!

The Apostle Paul wrote:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV)

Here Paul is talking about serving God at our workplace. Yes, we can do our jobs as to the Lord, and He will reward us for our good work. We don’t have to serve God in some kind of ministry. God made us holy so that we can serve Him regardless of where we are. This is true in the marketplace, in the church or on the mission field.

The Apostle Paul also wrote:

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 NKJV)

When we serve one another in love, we are serving God. We can measure how much we love God, by the way we serve one another. This is also something that makes us different from those who are of the world!

Finally, God has set us apart from the world so that we might worship Him. Just as we should focus on living for God and serving Him at all times, we should also focus on worshiping Him every day.

If we have been saved for any length of time, we know that God wants us to thank Him and praise Him for His goodness to us.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

The writer of Hebrews also wrote:

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of  praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 NKJV)

We can see that God expects us to thank Him in every situation we are in, and to praise Him for everything He has done for us. However, God wants us to go a step further. He wants us to worship and adore Him for who He is. We should spend a lot of time worshiping God every day!

Much of our prayer life may be devoted to asking God for things, but He wants us to spend more time thanking Him and praising Him for His goodness. Then He wants us to go a step higher and begin to worship Him and adore Him. He is the One who made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is also the One who sent His Son to die for us, so that we might have eternal life in Heaven with Him. He is God our heavenly Father!

Doesn’t thinking about Him fill you with a sense of wonder and awe of who He is? If it does, take the time to worship Him today and make this a part of your prayer life every day. You were set apart from the world to worship God!

It is clear that by living for God, serving God and also worshiping Him, we set ourselves apart and make ourselves distinct from the rest of the world. This is how we can shine as brilliant lights in this world of darkness!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]




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