But know that the Lord hath set apart him who is godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call unto him.”Psalms 4:3
Set apart for the Lord. What does it mean to be set apart for the Lord God? We are born into this world not knowing the reality of God. As an infant we need others to feed and clothe us. We are dependent upon others to help us mature into adulthood. The Jewish tradition known as Bar Mitzvah has set the “age of accountability” where a child becomes accountable for his or her own actions. Before reaching this accountability, it was the parents who took responsibility for the child’s actions. In Judaism the ritual for the age of accountability begins at the age of 13 for boys and at the age of 12 for girls. Prior to the age of accountability, the parents were commanded to instruct children in the basic commandments of the Law.
Since the beginning of time God has wanted an holy people to call his own. A people who would understand what it means to be a people of God. Just look at the following verse.
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”Deuteronomy 14:2
Wow! A peculiar people that would be above all nations upon the earth. We rarely think about being an holy people unto the Lord. Let alone think about it for the time we are living in at this very moment. Yet, this is what God desired from the very beginning of time itself. It was the Jews whom he had chosen to be a peculiar people unto himself. Today, God has grafted in the Gentiles who are not of Jewish heritage as a kingdom of priests. This is astonishing and something we rarely even think about. The profound meaning of the privilege of a priest is to have access to God. Having access to God means that God hears those who are his priests. This is what Peter was writing about to the dispersed Jews living in other cities in the first century. Peter is addressing believers, those who are kept by the power of God through faith.
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9
As believers, have we not been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light? The answer is yes. Jesus Christ serves as our high priest who is seated on the right-hand throne of God. Jesus is the minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord God pitched, and not made by man’s hands [see Hebrews 8:2]. As Christians we now have daily access through prayer to the throne of God. It is Jesus that is the high priest for of our profession. Today, we are being built up into a holy priesthood by Jesus Christ, [see 1 Peter 2:5]. We are the temple of the living God. Therefore, we should come out from among them, and be separate said the Lord, [2 Corinthians 6:16-17]. Are we separated unto God in our actions and how we walk? It could be that we have blended in too much of the world in our actions and walk. That there is no distinction between a believer or non-believer. Between a Christian or Non-Christian.
We are to be separated from unbelievers and anything that is unrighteous or unclean. Whatever is contrary to the mind of God as being evil and doing evil things is what we are to be separated from. Our actions to avoid complicity may at times lead us to conformity that could compromise our faith in Christ. The apostle Paul tells us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, [2 Corinthians 7:1]. We have the promise that He will receive us if we do not touch what is unclean. This brings full communion with our heavenly Father. Our prayer should be open and honest with our heavenly Father just like a child who speaks to their own father. This brings a real sense of belonging. Our fellowship is with the Father, and his Son Jesus Christ.
To be set apart for Him means we take on the attitudes and characteristics of Christ. This gives a new meaning to the following verse.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”Galatians 2:20
I live, yet not I, but Christ lives within me. How is Christ to live within you? For Christ to live within you, one must have what Jesus promised. The comforter, which is the Holy Spirit. The moment you believe in the Son of God and accept him as the propitiation for our sins is when the Spirit moves in. This is a real experience that every new believer knows without a doubt that something has happened within them. The question is, have you received the Holy Spirit? Many believers today may have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour but may not be walking in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you,” see John 14:18]. Jesus will pray to the Father to send us the Comforter. The comforter, which is the Holy Spirit will guide and lead us in our walk as a Christian. The Holy Spirit also helps us with our prayers when we are burdened with issues of the day that we cannot express ourselves before God. This is a promise and the beginning of our inheritance as believers.
After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”Ephesians 1:13
The Holy Spirit himself is the seal that we were bought with a price through Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross. Being bought with a price means ownership. God knows those who are his. The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, and Jesus promised it to those who believed in him [see John 14:16]. We need the Comforter in our lives in order to walk out the Christian life. That we may be a peculiar people of God that would show forth the praises of Him. Jesus expressed the following about the Comforter.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”John 14:26
The comforter is to teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance. The Comforter helps bring us an awareness of who we are in Christ and that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to glorify God in our body and spirit, yet we may not fully understand what this really means. As a child of God, we are set apart for the Lord. We become a chosen generation of people who have been set apart for God. We have obtained mercy by the grace of God. We have been set apart for Him to do good works and not evil. We have entered into the Holy of Holies to worship Him in glory. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us in our worship, prayer, and understanding of the truth of the kingdom of God. Let the Holy Spirit reveal this truth within you that you are set apart for Him.