To be made holy is to be set apart by God for a specific purpose.
I have been deemed set apart by God for a specific purpose.
Does this make me holy?
I’m a nobody. I’m just a crippled middle aged woman in Middle Tennessee. I’ve never done anything amazing. My name is not known all over the world. I don’t make life altering decisions every day that can make or break people. I’m not a doctor with the next big cure. I’m not a political leader with some grand suggestion for world peace. I don’t have a solution to feed hungry kids, or to make parents love their children, nor can I make husbands and wife stay in a marriage where everyone and everything else says throw in the towel.
I’m no one, remember?
But, what if I have been set apart God for a specific purpose?
Leviticus 19:2 says, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.’”
It’s easy for us in our human state to doubt that we can be holy because…
“My parents abandoned me…”
“My spouse rejected me…”
This list can go on forever. It’s been said that if you’re looking for an excuse; you’ll always find one. But, our holiness has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with God: We are holy because He is holy.
Too often we think that God can’t use us because of our brokenness. But in all reality, it is through our brokenness that God does use us. Honestly, I do not know if I’d be a Christian if I wasn’t disabled. My parents weren’t going to church when I was born. When it was time for me to start school, they found a Catholic school that was just for disabled students. My parents choose to put me in there rather than a public school where I would have probably been place into a special education class.
Uhm, set apart…
God knew. My disability didn’t take Him by surprise. While I don’t think He caused me to be disabled, I do think He allowed in for my good and for His glory. Romans 8:28 tells us; “We know that all things work God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Somehow, my problems and your problems will all reveal God’s glory. And I don’t have to do anything but get out of His way. Ahh, but I’m stubborn. I what people to see what I’ve done; to be impressed with the progress I’ve made. What about me? This is my life and I deserve the credit of what happens in my life. Right.
I tell my kids all the time; “This is my life, I just let you live here.” OK maybe not the best example. But, we were created by God to have a relationship with God. Luke 19:40 says (after Jesus was told by the Pharisees to rebuke His disciples), “’I tell you’ He replied, ‘If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’” Wow, if I don’t praise God and give Him glory, the rocks will do it in my place! I don’t want to miss out on praise and glorifying God. He made me who I am. He created me in my mother’s womb. He choose my parents and my siblings. He choose Bryan Barrett to be my husband and Dalton and Bobbye Sue to be our children. I don’t know why He chose to bless me, but He did.
If I’d not been disabled I doubt I’d ever gone to college. I’d never met Barrett or have had these two wonderful kids.
Yes, I know I’m holy and have been set apart by God for a specific purpose. Have you?