Today, I learned the Hebrew term “Qadosh.” Like the cross, it has ambivalent meanings. To be set apart is to be made holy. This is never painless.
Like sacrifices placed at the altar, these things are changed and made holy. They are sacrificed to bring glory to God. They are His.
When we are to be set apart, or dedicated, it’s not just a blessing; it could also be seen as a curse, because it is God who sees fit on how to use us- sometimes in great circumstances, sometimes in less pleasant, and sometimes in very painful circumstances. Nevertheless, it is for His glory.
“Qadosh” is not something to take lightly. When you accept God into your life to be Savior, He also must be Lord. You are then “set apart” for Him alone. His will becomes your calling. And sanctification means a lot of restructuring on your life, your heart. It calls for a lot of chiseling of unnecessary things in your life, esp. the things that give you the most pleasure. It calls for constant dying to yourself and things of this world.
So what have you? Are you still willing to be “qadosh?” Don’t live it halfway. Don’t say you want Jesus to be 100% your Savior and 20% your Lord. Don’t say, I’m willing to be saved but I’m not willing to live for my Savior.
Difficult decision, isn’t it? But one that deserves an honest answer, nonetheless.
Our family verse:
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1 NLT