Old Testament Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:2- For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a peculiar people to Himself, treasured above all the nations that are on the earth.
New Testament Scripture:1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may declare the goodness of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Set Apart=diistémi in the greek and is defined as I put apart, separate, put some distance between, to set apart, to intervene, make an interval.
Throughout the old and new testament, God gives us clarity as to who we are as His chosen people. Those who have accepted Him by faith through Christ Jesus.
As God's people, we are set apart from the world's system and are different. God has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light to operate in His Kingdom in His earth for His glory.
In this dark world in which we live, we are liken unto a "LIGHT' that sitteth on a dark hill. Matthew 5:14-You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
People of God, we are also the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13-“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how shall it be made salty?
Because of God's Holy Spirit living inside of us, we give flavor to the world like salt does with everything it touches. We make a difference in people's lives because of God's presence inside of us. We encourage and give people the hope of Christ. We add "salt" to their lives through the working of the Holy Spirit in our Christ like Character and conduct.
People of God, we are to make a difference in the world because of who we are in God.
In Deuteronomy we are identified as "holy people, chosen and treasured".
In 1 Peter 2 we are identified as a "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and God's treasure.
In other places in the bible we are called "God's children, His sons and daughters and even His friend."
People of God, we are our Father's children whom He fearfully and wonderfully made. He loves us and we are precious in His sight.
People of God, the Lord our God has personally chosen each one of us for Himself, to represent Him in the earth. We are the "CALLED OUT" ones! The ones that have been called out of a world of sin into salvation through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus by faith.
Jesus died so that we could wear the name of God's chosen ones.
Those of you that are chosen and set apart by God for His service, we are commanded in Matthew 5:16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 Therefore, “Come out from among them (unbelievers) and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
People of God, because we wear His name, let us bring glory to the name of our Father and not shame.
Set Apart! Thank You Lord.