November 26, 2015
Set Apart to Bless
As Christians we like to recognize that we are sanctified...cleansed and set apart unto God. Yet, some Christians, who don't understand sanctification, confuse being "set apart" with being emotionally isolated, "religious," unfeeling or cold, and can come across as having a "holier than thou" attitude. These well-meaning saints then spend many anguished nights feeling spurned, hurt and confused when people react negatively to them.
This unfortunate situation can be rectified with just a little understanding of exactly what sanctification is. For what are we "set apart"? I believe God stated the reason very clearly when He told Abraham, "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:2-3, NIV).
There we have it: God is telling us we are separated unto Him so that He can abundantly bless us, so that we, in turn, can be a blessing to others! The "setting apart" is only one step in a complete cycle of shared blessing.
Tonight, ask the Father for an even greater revelation into the meaning of sanctification, so that being set apart to partake of His fullness, you will be an even greater blessing to others tomorrow.
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, forgive me if I have appeared snobbish or if I have given in to religious pride. Grant me an even greater understanding of what it means to be "set apart" Fill my heart with warmth and blessings for others so that they will know not only that I care for them, but that You love them, too. In Jesus' Name, Amen.