Romans 1: 1-3
"Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle,
separated to the gospel of God
which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord."
As Christians, we know we are to be separate from the world.
We are in to be in the world, but not of the world.
Separation has a two-fold definition and application.
The first part is easy for understand, but sometimes hard to practice.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
The first part of separation is to be separate from the
practices, beliefs, sins and thoughts of the world.
We are separate in our walk.
We walk not in the counsel of the ungodly.
We walk by faith, not by sight.
We are separate in our talk.
We talk so our words are acceptable in His sight.
We talk with the law of kindness on our tongues.
We are separate in our thoughts.
We make each thought captive to Christ.
We are transformed by the renewing our minds.
The second part of the definition can be overlooked
while we try to accomplish the first part.
We forget the purpose of separation.
We are set apart for a specific purpose
given in Romans 1, "the Gospel of God."
We are to be in the world,
but not of the world,
so that the world might be saved through Him.
To be saved, they need to hear the Gospel.
How can they hear, unless we preach?
So our two-fold purpose in life
is to be separate from the world,
so that we can preach the Gospel
to the world.