And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4 ESV
God created and then He divided the light from the darkness. This is how God worked to develop His creation. Throughout Genesis, God will separate one thing from another to complete His intentions for creation.
In the spiritual, He does the same. The Hebrew word for ‘separated’ means ‘set apart.’ He created a people, for Himself, and then separated them from other nations.
Is this not what God does for me and every other child He saves? He created us for Himself and then separated us from the world. We are different, we are His. We are saved – not unsaved, believers – not unbelievers.
The process of delivering me from sin and to set me apart will continue for the rest of my life. The Word, bringing light, exposes evil. When I see it or sense it, I feel a strong reaction. I am repelled, even if I don’t understand all of it, and deal with it as God leads me. I am usually led one of three ways. I speak against it, pray about it, or walk away from it.
What are the rewards? If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another. John 1:7. Those who have been called out of darkness, who savor the narrow way, have a fellowship that is so profound, it defies explaining it to someone who has never experienced it. We are not separated into isolation – though it may initially feel like that as our conversion brings strong reactions from loved ones, even rejection. We may lose family and friends, but we gain another family for eternity. We are separated into a new fellowship, a kind that the world cannot offer. The Spirit, which unites us, dances between us and we feel the rhythm.
I’m set apart and am not ashamed of the Gospel. Amen