What Does it Mean to be Set Apart?

In your closet you have an assortment of clothing. Some items are for wearing to important events, some are for casual outings, and others you might wear when painting your living room. You know exactly which items are for which purpose.

In your kitchen you have a variety of utensils. You know which ones to use for cooking, which for serving, and which for storing leftovers. You would never store your leftover spaghetti in the crystal bowl with the silver trim that Aunt Martha gave you for a wedding gift. That isn’t its purpose.

We are like those various items in your closet or your kitchen or your garden shed. All the things you own have been acquired to serve a purpose. You care for your belongings according to their purpose.

God does the same with us. He has designed each of us with a specific purpose in mind.  Before we were ever created, God set us apart for His Kingdom work.

We have been set apart. Think about that for a moment. What does it mean to you that God has set you apart for a purpose that pleases Him?

1 Peter 2:9 says But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

To be set apart for God means to be carefully chosen to perform that particular work that you were designed for. God doesn’t make mistakes. He won’t accidently try to use you for something you weren’t designed to do.

Remember Aunt Martha’s crystal bowl? God knows exactly what to use it for. He won’t use it to contain anything but what He specifically created it to do. No leftover  spaghetti. Nothing that isn’t worthy of the beauty of that sparkling bowl.

It’s the same with you. God designed you for a special purpose and when you allow Him to set you apart and use you for what you were designed to do, you will be like that crystal bowl.  When you are serving the Lord in the way you were created to serve, the glory of God will come shining through you.

And He will be pleased!