Set Apart Not Set Against
I do my best confessing in the shower. Seems natural as I let the warm water pour over me washing me clean, that I also pour out my heart to God and ask Him to wash that clean as well.
Today’s topic: My own self-righteousness.
Confessing self-righteousness comes more often than I’d like to admit as I seem to be able to daily convince myself that there’s at least SOMEONE dropping the ball a little bit more than I am. It sounds crazy but the noise from society and social media is loud in my ears as I scroll along, subconsciously deciding in seconds if I’m “better” or “worse” than her. Than him. Than them.
And ugh. How ugly. And whether I speak it in words or just let it settle in my heart, the weight of it is the same and I carry it around until the burden of being “Judge” is more than I can bear. Exhausting.
So I find myself in the shower again...telling God how sorry I am that I, for one second, think myself worthy or righteous or holy enough to dare pass judgment on someone else. I’m shaking my head as I even type this. How foolish.
But thankfully, God offers me something more than just warm water to wash my heart. My confessions and frustrations with my own sin are met with mercy. So much mercy. And I’m reminded that it is just that...mercy...that levels the field for all of us.
1 Peter 2:10 says, “once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
And that’s just it. The only two kinds of people that there are on the planet: those that have received mercy and those that haven’t. Mercy - offered to everyone but sadly accepted and received by only some.
But for those of us that HAVE received and accepted His mercy, we are also called to extend it. In heaps and heaps on both those we adore and those we don’t. On those we admire and those we...don’t. On those we love and on those difficult to love. Mercy upon mercy upon mercy.
Because there are none of us righteous...not one.
A new favorite quote of mine from Kelly Minter says this, “God has called us to be set-apart...not set against.”
As believers, we are indeed set apart. The Bible says we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.” (1Pet. 2:9). We have received mercy - that which we did not deserve and could not earn. That which we abuse and ignore and receive still the same. That which so surrounds us in our very lives that we don’t even take notice of it but would be hopeless without it were it withdrawn.
Set apart but not set against. That means that we Christians are in this thing together. All forgiven and extended mercy. None called to or able to judge one another. ONLY Righteous because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
A people called out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
“So purge me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” -