Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore, ‘Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.'”
All it takes is just a little bit of yolk to mess up that recipe asking for egg whites only! But separating that yolk from the white takes some real finesse that I often fail to have. I either am too rushed or distracted. And even when I manage this delicate operation, I frustrate myself by getting a small piece of shell in there. Thankfully, no one sees me trying to fish it out!
Today’s verse is a command from the Lord to be separate as His own people. God chose the Israelites to be a set apart people to reveal to the world His glory and His name. As believers and as part of His Church, we too are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and God’s special possession (I Peter 2:9). Because this is true, we are to be separate from the world’s values and morals. Rather than blending in with the world, we are to stand out because friendship with the world makes us God’s enemy James 4:4).
My life is to be so different that I am easily identified as belonging to Him. The highest authority in my life is His authority and His Word. When I compromise that standard, it can be as messy as trying to separate that egg! As a believer I do not have the deeper things in common with an unbeliever (verse 15). My heart is different because He dwells there (Ephesians 3:17). It is not only that there are activities in which I do not participate. But it is also that what I am doing has the purpose of pleasing Him!
Thank you Lord, for separating me out for Yourself!