“You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” (Leviticus 20:26)
God has called us to be separate from the world. We are salt and light, evidence of His love to those who do not know the hope we have in Christ. Sometimes, the conviction of the Holy Spirit is evidence we matter to God. He doesn’t want the state of our hearts to remain in their scattered, fleshy state. Day by day, we are being sanctified in Christ, made holier and holier until God calls us home to heaven. We confess self-pity, condemnation, or other sins weighing us down and causing us to struggle. We go when we’re being prompted to do something for someone to bring glory to His name. We are the extended arms of our Father’s love on earth. He doesn’t need us to accomplish His work, but how wonderful and miraculous that He involves us in His plan. Because we matter to Him!
10. We Are Not Alone
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37:39)
Jesus never leaves us. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within every Christ follower from the moment we receive our salvation through Him. His constant presence is a powerful reminder that we matter to God. The author of Hebrews wrote, “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5) What could we ever lack when the God of the universe is with us, always?
When we are flustered by the constant clamor and conflict in our modern world, we can be comforted by the fact that God is with us. Remember the hope, peace, and love we have in Christ. It cannot be stripped from us. Breathe in, breathe out, and remember, Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, loves us. His Son and our Savior, Christ Jesus, will again return to earth to right every wrong and heal every hurt. He is trustworthy, and He cares for us.
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