7.14.2011

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A Person Set Apart

"Speak to the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy"

Leviticus 19:2 Many years ago there was a famous correspondence in The Times under the subject "What is wrong with the world today?" The best letter of all was also the shortest, and read-- "Dear Sir, I am. Yours faithfully, G.K. Chesterton." That devastating declaration showed a profound insight into man's universal malaise, and I believe it can teach us a deeply challenging lesson. I am convinced that throughout the Christian church there are problems, difficulties and frustrations that would begin to dissolve immediately if only some Christians would be honest enough to answer the question-- "What's wrong?" with the words "I am!"

In the Apostle Peter's first letter to the churches he states in Chapter 4 and verse 17, "For the time has come for judgement to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?" Knowing this, what manner of people ought we to be? The Word of God answers with a resounding "Holy." Over and over again the holy God calls us to a higher level, a greater accountability, a life and a person set apart. 2 Peter 3:11 says, "Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness." There is a day coming when we will all be brought before the Great Judge of Heaven and Earth. What will we say when He asks us what we have done with our life? What will we say when He asks us what we have done with the Savior, His holy Son, our Redeemer? Oh beloved, I pray that you are "in Christ" today, and ready for His soon and sudden return.

"To God be the glory, great things He hath done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son; Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in." Praise the Lord!

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