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Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Difference Between”
While God doesn’t play favorites (Romans 2:11), He does recognize and differentiates between those who are His and those who are not.
This is brought out as God was in the process of delivering His people from their Egyptian bondage.
“And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, … in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land. I will make a difference between My people and your people.” (Exodus 8:22-23)
Why did God make a difference? The Jews were His people, a holy nation, a people and a nation set apart for Him.
“‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6)
This is also seen in God’s description of those who believe in Him. He calls them “saints,” which means that they are “holy,” set apart by God to serve Him and His kingdom.
The Apostle Peter said, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
So God notices and pays attention to you and separates you for His service and glory from all those who don’t believe.
But we need to be careful that we don’t go around thinking that we’re anything special (Romans 12:3). We are told have same mindset Jesus had, who humbled Himself, being obedient to the Father’s will and the death of the cross (Philippians 5:8).
God has set us apart, but it’s to be His servants, not lords over others. We are to daily pick up our cross, dying to self and living for Him.
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
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