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Servant….Called….Set apart

god_smilesAt some point in your walk with God, there comes a time when you want to know if you are more than what you were we you started the journey.  In other words, how am I maturing and maybe, am I maturing?

I think these three words help identify where we stand in our relationship with Him.

Would I call myself a servant of God?  The first measurement tool of whether you can is whether you have studied the job description of a servant.  If you have never studied the job description, then its a hit and miss proposition – you might, you might not be.

Calling is an incredible release in life that enables a waterfall of boldness that allows you to go where no other person has gone – at least that is how it feels.  When you know the calling that God has placed in your life, there are very few doubts, lots of action and lots of practicing, learning and growing.

We are always a part of this world.  There will always be an attraction to something no matter how hard we try to avoid this.  Jeremiah in the OT and Paul in the NT would be the two examples of followers who really knew they were set apart and knew how to walk a holy walk with God in the midst of their world.  Remember when Paul was saying he was struggling inside – he wanted to do good but evil would arise?  Knowing that you are set apart takes away the anxiety of that struggle.  You see it, but it does not affect you because you have already dealt with that and have given yourself fully to Christ – sins and all – and are set free. Set apart enables you to be released from the power of the law, engaged with the love of God, and walking in the footsteps of Jesus knowing that you will follow Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and with all your strength.

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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