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Set Apart

Posted on: 7-15-112016

“The church must stop expecting outsiders to act like insiders while insiders act like outsiders.” Andy Stanley

As Christians, we have been called to be set apart from the world we live in.  We are not supposed to blend in with everyone else.  Every one we encounter should know that we are different because of who we are in Christ. Our goal should be to look like our Father, not our fellow man.  When people look at us, they should see a reflection of Him, not a reflection of man.  I love the quote above because there it screams truth.  We cannot expect those who do not know Christ to behave as Christ would while those who claim to know Him don’t behave as He would.  We cannot expect those who do not know Christ to do the things He would do when we, as believers, don’t do those things.  We can’t expect those apart from Christ to be honest when we lie, to love when we hate, to encourage when we belittle, to give generously when we are stingy…you get my drift.  If we, as the people of God, live no differently than those of the world, we will never have an influence for Christ. People will not see Christ in us if they see the world in us. There is no gray area here…we either look like Christ or we look like the world. We are either set apart from the world or we are of the world.  Take some time to look in the mirror and see who you are reflecting.

“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and He has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be His own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 14:2

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