“Set yourselves apart for a holy life. Live a holy life, because I am God, your God. Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am the God who makes you holy. (Leviticus 20:7, 8 MSG)
Everyone loves word studies, right?? Okay, not everyone, but sometimes they really help understand words like “Holy” the root of which in the Greek is hágios and in Hebrew is kadash. The fundamental meaning of the Hebrew word is “set apart, distinguished, belonging to the sacred and not the profane” and the fundamental core of the Greek root is “different”.
Everyone loves being “different”, right?? Okay, not everyone, not many, and not any of us all the time. Think of it in phrases like, “she is a little different.” , “those people are different than we are”, “He is cut from a different mold.” Any of that sound positive to you? On the surface, no, not a one of them strikes me as something I want to strive for and yet, inside each of us, Christian or Not there is a spark that desires to be original, that’s right, “different”. Know where that spark comes from, it comes from the creator, who made each of us a little different. His design, the same one that makes every snowflake different, doesn’t use a cookie cutter to create. You are an original and so am I.
But in God’s plan, He didn’t make each person unique just to distinguish one from another or just to let us live autonomously. He didn’t give us free will so we could all go off in different directions on whatever path we choose. He created each of us different because to him each of us is special, each of us has a purpose, each of us has a place in his plan that cannot be filled by another. He made me different from you, not lesser or better, just different. He gives each of us the power to choose to live into the holiness of Christ, to be different to the fullest extent or to run with the teeming masses of humanity who are like sheep without a shepherd.
We are each different, but some choose to be like their culture, their friends, their bosses, the media persona…some choose to run with the shepherdless flock, even if the flock careens over a cliff. It is not easy to live the “Different” life path, the Holy, Kadash, Hágios path, but I have discovered it to be the only life choice that really makes a difference.
We are called as were the Hebrew people and the New Testament church to be HOLY, different, sacred vessels so that the secular world actually sees GOD.
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9, 10 MSG)
So with all the negative connotations taken into account, I am thankful to be different, to have made the choice for Christ, even when those outside criticize or ridicule or simply cross to the other side of the street. I am thankful for what little difference (that is really up to God) my life may make in building the Kingdom of God.
I am His! I am Different! I want to make a Difference in this world.
Thank you, Jesus for setting me over here with the rest of the DIFFERENT people!