What about you life sets you apart? Is it that you're not open to touching certain things? Is it that you believe, you are set apart that actually sets you apart? or maybe you're set apart because you are anointed? Let's figure it out.
God calls us to live a life set apart from ungodly acts. Meaning everything that we do should reflect a Godly nature. Often times people quote the scripture 2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord. Touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you." However, Christians are often left confused in efforts to stay away from that thing, which is unclean. But might I suggest that all things made by God is for God and all things God made are good and clean. Not one thing under the sun is unclean.
Acts 10Prophet, how can you say that? Because there is a story in when Peter went into a vision and God told Peter to kill an eat. Peter replied "sure not Lord, for I have never eaten (some translation may say touch) anything uncleaned." But then the voice from heaven told Peter "never call anything God has created impure or unclean." Therefore I am convinced that all things created is good, Godly and clean, which means I don't have to worry about touching unclean things and not being received. Why? because God made it all clean for me that I may have a right to receive him and be received.
So, what sets us apart if it's not - not touching unclean things; seeing that God made it all clean for us. How about we define being "set apart". According to our leading scripture, we can conclude that being set apart is the same as being separated. We are pose to be separated from the world, connect to God.
So what separates us from them. The world. Matthew 15:10-20 gives us and idea. for the scripture says in verse 10 and 11 "Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Then he goes on to say in verse 17 "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person's mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts-murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them." Might I suggest that you are not set apart because you don't engage in certain activity. Neither are set apart because don't intake certain foods. I want to inform you are set apart because your motives are different. Jesus tells us that our heart reveals what's a person really thinks and feels.
So in order to be set apart from the world, we must be different. In order to be different, we must be separated. In order to be separated, we must be clean. In order to be clean we must have good motives. How so? Because if we are unclean or defiled it means we have reacted to something causing us to be seen similar one the world. James 1:15 when lust or ungodly desire have been conceived it give birth to the sin that makes us equally yoke with the world. Desires come from motives and intention. What set apart is your intentions. My intentions is to experience a move of God. When I go to church my motive is getting closer to God, be used by God or see God use someone. When we have sex your motives is to pleasure our body. What sets you apart is your motives. In a relationship is your motives to marry or waste time by entertaining someone intimately. Everything the world is - is because of God. what you do the world imitate. But what sets you apart is your motive, your heart to progress. You are set apart because you chose to be different. you accepted Christ. so in everything you do let your motives be right and let you acts be different that you may truth display the lifestyle of Christ.