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“set apart Christ as Lord”

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 1:22 am

Today on biblegateway the verse of the day was:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15)

“Set apart Christ as Lord.” I hadn’t thought of following Jesus being put this way. It reminded me of how people tend to define holiness – a setting apart. I pictured a little spot in myself where I’m keeping Jesus and my attachment to him safe and untouchable – my guarded and priceless reservoir of life and good. I was reminded to that we do need to continually set apart Christ in us, as we live day by day making our way through this world, in this body that breeds sin. There are so many voices (words) each day that try to create a snag in my relationship with Jesus, with my life in him. They tempt me to give in a little bit, to say something isn’t “that bad”, that I need something so I should…. No – I need to set apart Christ in my life and let my life in him, my living in him, be untouchable.

If I’m living in and from this place, I know it. I’m allowing all of my motivations to be brought from the dark into the light. I’m being honest with myself and the voice of the the Holy Spirit in me. Then, I can choose which motivation to follow. As I set apart Christ in my own life in this way, then, as the verse says, I will “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that [I] have.” I am consciously setting Christ apart, and I can share that journey with others. 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