Posted by: bshelley | October 9, 2008

Set apart

Today’s Verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. NASB

“Church word alert!” We can get a bit smug at times and be guilty of using some rather big, what I call church words, with the assumption that everyone who has ever warmed a pew should know what they mean. The truth of the matter is quite the opposite in fact. Most people hear big words like sanctification and just trust that the preacher knows what it means and hope it is a good thing. It is both a big word and also a very important concept for us to understand as Christians. Paul says it very clearly here, that we were not called to remain impure but to be pure in Christ. We are in Him set apart as holy because of His righteousness. It is a simple and straight forward call to seek and stay in purity because we have been made holy by Him. At baptism we were washed clean of our sin and impurities in God’s reckoning by Christ’s blood. Sometimes we have a bad habit of looking back however at the “good ole days”. In reality and under a bit more scrutiny, those days apart from God living in sin and rebellion were empty and miserable. But, like Lot’s wife, we look back to the impurity of our past. As for me, I choose holiness. Not that it is easy to maintain in sinless perfection any given day, but Jesus has made it possible for us to appear white as snow to God even though we have and still sin. What an amazing gift. Beyond worship and thanks for such a gift, we should also strive to resist the impure in this world. We should strain to attain holiness of act and thought each day in gratitude to God for His salvation. Choose God’s ways today and remain set apart for His holy use. In His strength, choose the light and not the dark. There are hundreds of decisions and opportunities to shine or tarnish every day. Let’s strive to act as ones who are indeed sanctified in Him today; set apart as His holy ones.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-1-thessalonians-4_7


  1. Dear Bryan,
    I check your Blog each day, both for your words of wisdom and as a barometer of how you are feeling. I trust that you are having a reasonably good, heads-up kind of day.

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