by Skip Moen, D. Phil.
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Set apart, how does that phrase hit you? For me initially I think about things like “the good china”, or a room in the house that was only used when company came over. Now I hope I am developing a different view.
I think with the above examples, the purpose would infer a narrow focus in time and usage. So let’s expand that thought, broaden the scope. I don’t want to get into “purpose driven life”, that is for another discussion. What I wanted to focus on is, can we make the “set apart” the everyday. Our lives are, by God’s design/definition, supposed to be set apart (oh that would be holy). Not like china used selectively or a room only used once in a while, but used everyday, used to fulfill His purposes, His will being done. Can my everyday be in the “set apart”, not just on a special day or time?
Our traditional view of holy has so many connotations to it that many just give up and forgo the view. I can’t be holy by traditional (what was taught to you) thoughts. So stretch and find out if that tradition bears scrutiny, I think you will find that set apart more hits the mark (think Hebraic). Take a moment, have fun, and put “set apart” where you read “holy”, does that help in your reading? How does that affect you?
We do have a “use”, and it’s not just for special occasions but every day stuff. I am working on making my set apart the everyday choice. Try it, you might like it…