“The last time you said that, I really felt bad. But this time, I appreciate the rebuke,” I replied to what happened to be my second note telling me to be setapart.
Today, the feeling was no longer like receiving a company memorandum on your email or arriving at work with a libel suit on your desk.
I tell you, it was more of a breakthrough. An answered prayer, it was!
Lately, as I was doing a checklist of the last few things I must do before I turn 24, I had this heart check up on my own. Asking God if I need another cardiac surgery after a very excruciating one last year.
So for some nights, I have been reflecting on how my 23rd year on earth went.
It’s like answering the questions:
- Were you an apple in a coconut shell?
- Have you been a pencil or an iPhone to yourself?
- Is your life a Twitter or a Facebook?
- Will a lion kiss a deer?
Beat the logic. But simply, I just mean one word: Purpose.
Was I able to meet and commit my life to the purpose God gave me?
I can write a long list of my to-do’s before I die, finish them or not. But to do things with a purpose and purposefully is far different from just feeling fulfilled.
So why be?
Sometimes, I ask myself how do people define setapartness? How do we see a setapart person?
Who are the true setaparts? They who speak that we need to be one? Or she who seeks to act and live like one yet fallshort in human standards? Are there hoaxes, by the way? I often ask God how setapart does He wants us to be.
If there will be a book that listed to-do’s on how to become one, will you buy it? Follow the steps? What if you discover that it all starts in the heart? Will you still enroll yourself in a school to become setapart?
The heart, as our science class have discussed, is the center of our human body. It is where the outflow and inflow of blood goes through. Life is there.
Yet, the Bible reminds us that the heart is deceiving. Its charm and loveliness breaks the picture into a desperately wicked one. Isn’t it ironic, that the most important organ of the body can be the most deceitful above all?
The human heart is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
Setapartness is not just about wearing the right clothes, checking your words, watching your gestures, being with the godly people, doing good, it’s far bigger than that! Even greater than all of those mashed up together.
It’s the heart that counts. It’s living holiness with God on top of every motives, refining of character, and our yearn for maturity in the faith.
All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord evaluates the motives.
So why not be?
Sometimes we think we’re right. We look right. We act and think proper. But the Lord examines the heart. He sees the heart and He will test it. He will purify it. (Proverbs 17:3)
God has the capacity to see beyond our physical aspects. He sees who we are inside. We can deceive anyone even ourselves, but never God. We might look at the outward appearance of a person. But He will always look in the heart.
The Lord is searching and looking for people who are committed to Him. And He will show himself and what He can do to people who are totally committed. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
What corrupts our heart? Our eyes and ears, what we see and what we listen to, can affect our hearts.
It is much easy to say to avoid perverse talk but if we have meditated on those thoughts, nude photos, lyrics of music, please avoid them. We might be meditating on the wrong things. Flush out all those negative thoughts. Stop provoking and getting provoked.
We may be an immoral person in the making if we won’t guard our hearts.
If you believe that it is God who has set us apart, then give importance to your heart. Be setapart by God’s grace. Guard it with all vigilance. Please.
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased.
Whew. But honestly, receiving such note is not a ticket to feel stumble. It is a reminder to check not only your gestures, your words, your clothing, but most of all the heart.
Praise God for people who are still mindful in rebuking their sisters-in-Christ for the glory of God. To learn the importance of setapartness to God is enough for us to live according to what pleases not just our brethrens, but most of all Jesus.