Saturday, February 2, 2008

Separation

“No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:4 NIV

“If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of separation to the Lord as a Nazirite, he must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.” Numbers 6:2,3 NIV

Oswald Chambers said to a group of seminary students, “A worker has to disentangle himself from many things that would advantage and develop him but which would turn him aside from being broken bread and poured out wine in his Lord’s hands.”*

Holiness means set apart and God tells us to be holy. How? What are we set apart from? We are to live a life that is pleasing to God and that often sets us apart from others but is this the only way? Are we to separate ourselves only from evil? Might there be good things we are also to be separate from?

God, I don’t have answers to all these questions but I do know that I want to be separate from anything that would separate me from all you want me to be and do. Please show me.

*"Approved unto God" in The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers p.21

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