Divinely Different: Disciple is Called to A Set-Apart Life

Published on Nov 27, 2023
Category: Devotion

1 Peter 1:15-16
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy”

Holiness is more than moral purity. To be holy means being set apart.

God is separate, different from His creation, in His essential nature and in His perfect attributes. God doesn’t build a wall around His apartness; instead, He invites us to come to Him and share in His holiness.

Disciples of Christ are not of the world (John 17:14-16). We are called to live in this world but our lives are to be distinctly different from those around us. God forgives and makes us holy because we are crafted in His image. His grace washes and empowers us to walk in righteousness and in victory over sin — to live the free, abundant life that Jesus came to give us.

Disciples of Christ are to be different from the world and their old selves. God’s holy presence in our lives produces in us, loving obedience to His Word, which forms His divine character in us. To be holy is to separate from our old, common way of living and the ways of the world, making ourselves available for God’s use.

As a disciple of Christ, how different is your life from the world around you? May you experience the wideness of God’s grace as you choose to follow Him each day.

Lord, empower me to grow increasingly set apart for You. Guide me in living a life that reflects Your holiness and purpose.


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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