2 Corinthians 6:17 Be Separate

“Therefore, Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:17

Paul quotes from the Old Testament about how God wants to be the God of the Israelites and wants them to be His people. At that time God wanted the people to get out from the other nations and be separate. A few thousand years later, Paul is using those same quotes to the believers to still come out from the other people and be separate.

People will often question what it means to be separate from those in the world. They look at the Gospels and see Jesus eating with the sinners. When you look at Jesus you should notice that He was among the sinners, but did not act like them. He was separate, even while among them.

The world wants every believer to look and act just like them. People do not like change or someone different. Often if someone is different, one person feels that there must be something wrong with themselves, and that is usually the person who is not different.

There are some in the church who blend into the world. When they are seen in a public place, there are no signs that they are a believer. They will do the same things the world does and never state that doing or saying something is wrong. This is not being separate.

As a believer you must not touch unclean things. The touching here is physical touch, watching, doing, participating in, using, or saying something in any way that is sinful.

You are to be separate. You are to be different. Just as foreigners in a land is different from the natives of the land, so you are to be different in this world. You have a different culture to live by. Your culture is from heaven, and not of this earth.

God wants to be your God. God wants you to be His child. This cannot happen if you stay a part of the world and live like the world does. Turn from sin today and follow God. Be separate. Be different.

I pray today that God will give you the power to turn from worldly ways; that God will guide you in not touching anything sinful; that you will be separate from the world; that you will stand out for Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Mark 5:30 Touching Jesus

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:30

Jesus was walking along and talking with many people. There was a large crowd around Him pressing in to be close to Him. Suddenly He makes this statement of asking who touched His clothes.

The disciples are surprised because there is a large crowd. They look at that many people are touching Jesus, but Jesus meant something different. Jesus was talking about someone touching Him with faith.

A woman who was sick, touched His garment and she was instantly healed. Jesus knew this.

Many people like to call upon Jesus and claim to be Christian. They claim it because of parents or close friends and family, but not from the heart. These people are just going through the motions of following and believing in Jesus. Their heart is really not in it.

If you do not have faith in Jesus it is impossible to please God. This woman had faith in Jesus, and so when she touched His garment, it pleased Him. It got His attention.

How many times does a person call out to Jesus for something, but really does not have faith that He will answer it? You may want Jesus to do something, but don’t believe in it happening.

You need to know that God does love you. You need to know that God does want the best for you. You need to know that God will hear you if you believe. You need to believe that Jesus does hear and will meet your needs.

In the busyness and chaotic movement of life, remember that Jesus does know you personally. Reach out to Him in faith, believing He will answer you. Also, be willing to accept the answer He gives you.

Although there are crowds around Jesus, He will know and hear the one who touches Him in faith.

I pray today that God will strengthen your faith in Him; that you will believe that Jesus hears and answers you; that you will call upon Jesus in faith; and that God will meet your needs in the best way possible.