Set Apart

“And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. 3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted (gifted artisans), whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”

Exodus 28:1-3

I wanted to be a pastor when I was a young boy, but my behavior never matched up with the profession. I tried to wear my suit like our pastor, and I tried to hold my Bible high like a running back holds a football. I listened to the messages on Sunday and then went out and tried to live what was preached. As the week wore on, however, I simply forgot about my suit and Bible and my flesh seemed to do all the talking for me. As much as I wanted to be a preacher, I did not take steps to truly live that out in my young life.

I eventually grew out of my dream to be a pastor, and went about my life doing my own thing. I did not give much thought to serving God, and I thought more about a career in basketball than I did about working in Christian service. I felt God could not use a sinner like me anyway. I got to the eight grade and a teacher wrote something in my yearbook that really took me by surprise: “Saso, I don’t know what your class would be without you. You are definitely lively!! But I wouldn’t have traded you for anything. Get serious about the Lord. Let Him use your leadership abilities. He’ll bless you like you can’t imagine.” After reading that, I started to think about what she had said and considered that maybe it was possible for God to use me after all. I began to look at my “lively” self and wonder if God had made me for a specific purpose.

I look back at my life and know now without a doubt that God did design me for a specific purpose. He only made one of me, and I am grateful for the words of a teacher who saw something in me that I did not see in myself. Truth is, God designed each one of us for a specific purpose. God has called us to be set apart and follow Him. He has designed some to lead ministries, some to drive busses, and some to teach a children’s Sunday school class. I look at all the teaching moments in my life, and I can see how God was preparing me to do His work. I know that God has truly called me into a ministry that He has been preparing me for my whole life.

God called Aaron’s family to be priests, and He set them apart to do His work. He gave them the skill, knowledge, and fortitude to do the work He had called them to do. What has God called you to do? What has He set you apart for? You are not too young or too old to do that which He has called you to do. He has given you life, and He has a purpose for you. Will you allow Him to use the abilities He has given you? Will you serve the people God has called you to serve? Will you make a difference for eternity? I praise God that He used my eighth grade teacher to get me to think about how I could be used of God. Will you be that one to encourage another? May we get busy doing what God has called us to do, and see Him bless like we can’t imagine.

Stay in the Fight!

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