Acts 11-12~ Day 50~ Set apart.

Reading how the Jews were so conditioned to be "set apart" from all those around them (11:2), I have often wondered how that applies to me today.  Have you ever thought about that?  Are we supposed to still be obviously set apart from everyone else in our culture?

I have often thought that God set an example for us (or a foreshadowing of what he expects from us), by showing us what he expected from the Israelites.
He set them apart by having them:
-Worship only one God
-Not eat certain food that was unclean (10:14)
-Not associate socially with others that weren't Jewish (10:28)
-And be circumcised

Don't you think that they were an example for us believers today?  We are to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world as well.
-We still worship one God
-We eat the Bread of Life (God's Word) rather than filling our mind with "unclean" stuff.
-We are not to be of the world (1 John 2:15-17)
-We have circumcised hearts (Rom 2:29)

Peter confirms this idea that believers are "set apart" when he writes, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9)

So, here is something to ponder, if Jews, new believing Jews, held being "set apart" in such high regard...do we do that today?  How do we Christians, today, show that we are set apart from the rest of the world?  Are we supposed to take being "set apart" as seriously as they did?  If so, the question for me is, how do I show others I am part of a "holy priesthood"?

Humm.... interesting things to ponder....what are your thoughts?  What sets you apart?

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