Businessmen and ‘motivational speakers’ use that phrase. But they are clueless.
I usually only write three times a week. But today, for some reason, I am compelled to express what is stirring in my mind.
I often stress that we CANNOT become more ‘righteous’ in ANY WAY before our Creator, than the complete perfection of Yeshua which is granted to us as a free gift, because of our trust in His blood.
Yet, Yeshua Himself said, “Therefore, become perfect, just as Avikhem in Heaven is perfect.” [Matti 5:48] Kefa echoes the idea, perhaps, when he quotes VaYikra, saying “Be kadosh, even as I am kadosh.” [Kefa Alef 1:16, VaYikra 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7]
The word ‘Kadosh” does mean ‘set-apart,’ or separated and designated for a specific task: DEDICATED TO A PURPOSE. It usually gets translated as ‘holy,’ but that word comes with years of baggage to the English mind.
My main thought about all of this is that we CAN become more ‘set apart’, or ‘DEDICATED’ to Elohim. And it is OUR DECISION and within OUR POWER, when we yield to and ask for HIS HELP in the doing of it.
When Yeshua said ‘be perfect,’ the word He used there was “Sh’lamim,” the root word of SHALOM, and it means, ‘lacking nothing.’ When one lacks nothing, he is at peace. What a believer who is not ‘set apart’ lacks is DEDICATION OF PURPOSE. We lose that dedication when we ‘give in’ to the principles of this world, and begin to look like everyone else in our walk of faith. We LOSE OUR SHALOM, because we’ve not been DEDICATED to HIS PURPOSES.
His purposes are NOT so ‘mysterious’ such that they have to be sought out by begging:
“…to those who are disobedient, He [Messiah Yeshua] is a stumbling stone and a stone of offense. And they stumble over it because they are disobedient to HaDavar for which they were appointed. But you are a chosen family, ministers in HaMalkhut, a kadosh people, an assembly redeemed to proclaim the glories of Him who has called you out of darkness to His marvelous light; you, who in the past were not considered a people, but who are now the people of Elohim, who had not obtained mercy, but who now have mercy poured out upon you. My beloved ones, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from carnal desires, which war against the soul; And let your conduct be good before all men, so that those who speak evil words against you may see your good works and glorify Elohim at the day of trial.
It is interesting that the passage Kefa quoted follows instructions about eating what God calls food, [VaYikra 11], and right before He reiterates the need to keep Shabbat [19:2], right after prohibition to kill babies and practice sorcery [20:7], and after instructions on sexual impurity. [20:26]. Isn’t it interesting that this is VERY similar to the instructions given by Ya’akov and the others to GENTILES in Ma’asei HaShlikhim [Acts] 15?
We set ourselves apart by obeying what God said to do. It truly is that simple. And in doing so, we become “Sh’lamim”, which is also the name of the ‘peace offering’ of the Tanakh. We become ‘whole’, lacking nothing. Because when we set ourselves apart, the Set Apart One MANIFESTS in us. And when He does, THEN we TRULY declare HIS PRAISES.
“Now may the Elohim of hope fill you with all joy and shalom, so that by absolute trust you may abound in hope, through the power of The Ru’akh HaKodesh.”