God separates

And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  Gen. 1:4 (NASB)

In the image and likeness of God we have the ability or power (if you will) to separate. Hearkening back to our last study, we were talking about speaking in a positive manner to achieve positive results. Separating doesn’t sound like a positive action, in fact it sounds really negative. Well, that would all depend on what we separate from. If we separate ourselves from sin, that is a positive action. If we separate ourselves from God however, that is a negative action.

The idea is that we, as humanity, are set apart from the rest of creation. We are different! For we are all created in the image and likeness of God.

There is also a particular verse, quoted by St. Peter from the book of Leviticus that says,” You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (Lev.11:45, 1 Pet. 1:16). Does God mean we are to be sinless like He is? No; what He means is for us to be separate from, like He is. What is God separate from? Everything He created; He is above all, there is nothing like Him, He is totally separate from everything. And yet, in His image and likeness, He calls us to imitate Him.

Just as He called Israel to be the light to the Gentiles, so He calls His Church to be the light of the world. We must first separate the light from the darkness in our own lives, confessing and turning from our sins to seek unity with God. We must then separate ourselves from the rest of the world, if we want to truly participate in the kingdom life we’ve been called to.

It’s not popular, it’s not convenient and it’s not easy, but to act in the image and likeness of God, it is necessary.



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