I Know What You Did Last Weekend
Posted: Tuesday, March 6
Verse of the Day:
Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. “If any of the people, either men or women, take the special vow of a Nazirite, setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way," (Numbers 6:2 NLT)
When I was a kid growing up in Michigan, I knew which of my classmates went downhill snow skiing over the weekend without even asking. Their lift ticket was still attached to their coat zipper.
The lift ticket did not make them a skier. Yet, it was obvious evidence of an activity they enjoyed.
Outward actions like compassion, choosing to do the right thing or attending church worship services do not make anyone a Christian. Yet, these are examples of how those around you will know that your life has been transformed through your personal relationship with Jesus.
In the centuries before Christ, God's people could take the Nazarite vow. It was a voluntary commitment for a set period of time. The man or woman would cut their hair, not go near dead bodies and set aside alcoholic beverages (even grapes were off limits).
Through Moses, God began instructions for the Nazarite vow with the phase, "if any of the people, either men or women, take the special vow of a Nazirite, setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way"(Numbers 6:2 NLT).
A person took the vow to increase their devotion to God. While the pursuit was about personal spiritual growth, it was clear to others that the man or woman was set apart for God.
Is your faith clear to those around you?
Let me encourage you, voluntarily give up anything in your life that is at odds with God. Choose to invest time, talent and treasure in what honors Him. May it be our prayer that God will be glorified as it becomes ever increasingly obvious to those around us that we are set apart for God's purposes.