Saturday, September 17, 2016

God wants you to be set apart

Have you ever wondered why you have to deny your wishes and satisfaction? After all this is your life. You deserve it. You've worked hard for it. 

Our flesh desires many things, and at times the things we wish for are healthy and they are granted. However, sometimes the things we wish for are a result of an emotional or physiological urge. We may be lonely, angry, hungry, or depressed. We desire to do things in order to satisfy these urges.

But wait a second.

Some of these urges, God wants you to resist. 

The world might say, "You're lonely! Go find some women at the bar!" The world says, "You're, depressed! Go drown yourself in alcohol, gluttony, and be merry!" 

I actually don't find any of these words wrong. They're absolutely logical, practical, and you know what? It works!

So why do we have to resist? I am no saint. I am just a human being who has physiological and emotional needs. 

The answer is: God wants you to be set apart for Him. 

If He wanted just a part of you, and didn't care what the other part of you did, He wouldn't have said this. This is what the Lord says, 

"I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” 
Isaiah 43:1

“You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.”
Leviticus 20:26 

God says, "you are mine." He wants us to be Holy, set apart for Him, and He knows that this is the best way there is... 

After being reminded of these verses I can't tell you how flattered I was. I felt incredibly privileged and thankful for God wanting me exclusively for Him. I was actually very sad that I did not really see His heart for me. 

The unceasing question that bogged me down was, "Why do I have to deny my urges that are so natural?" Even if I know that some of these urges are sinful, I couldn't persuade myself to believe in the benefit of rejecting them. The urge to fulfill them was so great.

However, I realized that reason for denying worldly satisfactions are not to make me feel righteous and upright. No. It is because God calls us to be His holy nation. He has given me the privilege to learn His ways and be under His guidance. He has designated us as His own. He wants to give us the best. That is the main reason why He asks us to deny choices that God clearly does not like. These choices are vast in categories... 

So hear is my request for all of us. We may keep on asking "by denying this temptation will God reward me? Will I live a happier and healthier life? Why is it that God doesn't want me to make this choice?" Indeed, you may be happier and healthier by making certain biblical choices, yet you may not. That is not the answer. The real answer is, God wants you to make biblical choices because He has called you to be set apart for Him! 

You have chose Him, and what God expects you to do is to set yourself apart all for God. Because now you are His own nation. 

So, when you make choices rather than contemplating on why you have to make biblical choices, remember that you are expected to make biblical choices because you have chose Him. And in return God has called you His own. He wants that holy life from you, set apart for Him. Understand his yearn for us, and trust in His plans for us.

Isn't this enough for us to resist urges that are not biblical? 

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