What if we could see people the way Jesus does? How do we live set apart? What if we saw classmates the way Jesus does, family, friends. What if we could see the people in our lives the way Jesus does? It would change the way we interact with them wouldn’t it. We would see opportunities to love them instead of looking to get something from them. We would be for them instead of being against them. We would carry hope to way more people if we lived like this.
Being set apart by grace! Pulled away from the world for the world, by God for God. In the last video we learned all about that. But what have we been set apart for? Let’s talk about it.
Being Set apart isn’t all about you. Yes, who you are becoming is a really big deal, but also why you’re becoming matters too.
In short, we don’t exist just for ourselves, we also exist for them.
We have been set apart for the Good of others
Being set apart isn’t for status or platform, it’s not about being exclusive or elite, it’s for the good of others.
Look at Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Here’s the back story, as Peter & John were going about their day, they came across, connected with and healed a man who had been crippled from birth and when everyone say what happened….then Peter & John told all of them the good news of Jesus.
We are set apart by grace for the good of others so we can see them and point them to Jesus. Peter & John saw this crippled man the way Jesus did. And in Jesus name they heal him. Having been with Jesus wasn’t just “good for them”, it was for the good of this man they would meet 3 + years later. Because they had been living set apart by grace, they were living for the good of others.
What if we could see people the way Jesus does? What if we saw classmates the way Jesus does, family, friends? What if we could see the people in our lives the way Jesus does? It would change the way we interact with them wouldn’t it. We would see opportunities to love them instead of looking to get something from them. We would be for them instead of being against them. We would carry hope to way more people if we lived like this.
We are also set apart by grace for the good of others so they can see you (and see Jesus and find hope).
That’s why the bible says we are a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. We are the light of hope. The crowds of people saw Peter & John heal this man, and they were drawn in by grace. They wanted to hear more about this. Imagine if people saw you living for the good of others, and were drawn by grace and wanted to know why you live that way? When you live set apart, for the good of others, it constantly draws people in to hear about and see Jesus on display in our lives. What do people see when they see us? Do they see hope?
When you are with Jesus privately, people see Jesus in you publicly
When you are with Jesus, you live set apart: you think, talk & live differently so people can see Jesus in you. Like Romans 12 says, you were created to stand out.
So How do we live set apart for the good of others?
It says in Acts 4 that they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Which means It’s all about grace. The more you receive the more you have to give away. Grace is the undeserved favor of God and the supernatural empowerment to live set apart. The more grace you receive the more the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Jesus, fills you up. Spend time in the word, in worship and in Godly relationships. The more we do this, the more Jesus will capture our hearts.
I want you to imagine, what if we all lived set apart for the good of others, like Peter and John did? We would see a lot more people the way Jesus does, and carry hope to them.
They would see us differently and we could point them to Jesus.
Think about it, Jesus was set apart for us on the cross. Now we are set apart for the good of others today. Who in your life would experience hope if you lived set apart?