Are you set apart to God or are you blending in? God’s redeemed are called to be set apart from the world continually throughout Scripture. That is what the word ‘sanctified’ means; set apart! How are we set apart if we are so busy blending in?
See, there is great seriousness in God’s call: in speaking only His Word, walking in only His Way, and His people’s/nation’s need for repentance! But this call is not to the world, but to HIS people! Listen to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Notice who this is written to, “My people”.
In Scripture we find a trend that there is a turning point when God’s people join in the sins of the peoples apart from God, when they no longer shine as His people, when they follow culture rather than God, and when they strengthen sin instead of season and expose it in His Grace! This isn’t just a minor matter, but from Genesis 6 to Revelation, judgment comes when the righteous forsake righteousness!
Listen to another example of God’s Call and Testimony to His People!
“My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, because of the LORD, and because of His holy words. For the land is full of adulterers; for because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, and their might is not right.
‘ For both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,’ says the LORD. ‘Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery ways; in the darkness they shall be driven on and fall in them; for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment,’ says the LORD. ‘And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to err. Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem profaneness has gone out into all the land.’” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the LORD. They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace”’; And to everyone who walks according to the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” -Jeremiah 23:9-17
Listen to who He testifies against…His people and their leaders! They practice the sins of the lost and idolatrous people from adultery to lies as well as covetousness and more we are told throughout Jeremiah. And it hits a turning point when they not only do these things but strengthen the hands that do so! When God’s people do the same and condone, strengthen, and embrace what rejects God so that “no one turns back from his wickedness” and they tell those that reject God and walk according to their own ways “You shall have peace” then we find in His Word, Covenants, and more that judgment comes. There is a difference between the lost doing these things and members of God’s people teaching, condoning, embracing, strengthening sin and being apart from God. The troubling thing is, we see the words of Jeremiah today in our nation everywhere, from the leadership of our nation but more importantly, in the Church.
This call…this oh so serious call, is to God’s people!
For,“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” and “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Therefore we see in just a few Scriptures the seriousness and depth of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and can even see and follow this call to the churches in Revelation to return to Him!
The call in our prayer for our nation’s healing, begins with you! You, God’s children and redeemed are called to pray, to truly seek the Lord, to walk with Him in your community and no matter where you are! To season the life you impact with His grace that is poured into you by living in His Way, Life, & Promise! Therefore, answer the call to return and let your light shine for your greatest love Church – Jesus!
 I Corinthians 6:9-11 underscore added