They made the plate, the sacred emblem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Exodus 39:30
Most people do not like to be set apart as different. People like to blend in and go with the crowd, even when they know the crowd is going the wrong direction.
Being different often means one is going alone or a different direction. This can be lonely and often dangerous. Others will often fight against or ridicule one going a different path. It can be seen as selfish or rebellious.
A gold plate with the words, “HOLY TO THE LORD” was made and placed upon the turban for the priest to wear.
In the Bible, to be holy was to be set apart as different and given to God. The priests were pulled out from the tribes of Israel as being different and holy unto God.
When Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for all sin, He assigned all believers to be holy to the Lord. The seal of the Holy Spirit was placed upon the believers designating each one as holy to the Lord, set apart and different from the world.
The world will continue to live for self and sin, while the believer will give up self and live for God. He dedicates his life to be made new in Christ so that he may live a holy and righteous life before God.
As he lives a holy life for God, the world will see the sign upon his forehead or life that he is different and set apart. No longer will he live as the world does, gratifying self and sin, but he will live a righteous life, fleeing all sin and letting the world know why he does it.
The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, you became holy unto the Lord. You were set apart as different from the world and dedicated to God.
Do not allow yourself to go back to the world or be conformed by the world, but be set apart unto God. The ways of this world only lead to death and destruction, but the ways of God lead to everlasting life and joy.
Going through your days, does the world see that you are set apart to God, holy to the Lord? Or do they see you like them, heading for destruction and death in sin?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be set apart as holy to God; that the world will see that you belong to God; that you will not be ashamed of your belief in God; and that God will guide you in fleeing all sin.