Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine. Leviticus 20:26
I know that this verse is talking about the children of Israel specifically but when a person is called by God to a saving knowledge of Him, He sets us apart. One of the definitions of set apart is “marvelous, to be distinct, marked out, be distinguished.”
In Galatians 1:15 Paul says, “But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles.”
Look at what happened to Paul. God set him apart. God set him apart when he was in his mother’s womb. God called Paul through His grace. God was please to reveal Jesus in Paul. Paul can only preach Jesus with Jesus inside of him.
How can we be distinct, marvelous and distinguished?
We cannot look like this world and all the people around us and be distinct, marvelous and distinguished. When we lash out at people when we have been wronged, we look like the world. When we put ourselves before others, we look like the world. Ask yourself, “what is the majority of the world doing? Am I doing those things?” Notice that Paul could only preach Jesus to the Gentiles if Jesus was inside of him. That also applies to anyone who wants to be set apart, distinct, marvelous and distinguished. You cannot be any of those things unless you have Jesus inside of you. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who was born of a virgin and came to die on a cross to pay the debt of sin for mankind and that Jesus rose from the dead, then God gives you His righteousness and sets you free from sin. When you truly believe, God gives you a helper, the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:16 it says, "Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." When we are looking like the world, we are carrying out the desires of the flesh. Romans 12:2 –And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
The poppies in this painting represent the world and what everyone looks like. The daisy is what we are to look like in Christ, distinct, marvelous and distinguished.