September 9 - Set Apart

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: Psalm 53:2–3

Central Thought: Being set apart means 'not just doing it.'

    It is no surprise. Sexual immorality is the norm for today's young people. Most of American culture focuses its entertainment on sex outside of marriage. With shows like Sex in the City, That 70's Show, and Will and Grace, blunt conversation about sex is now humor fit for the dinner table. This generation has rebelled against tradition and the sacredness of marriage. I am often surprised that people who live together before marriage even bother taking a honeymoon after saying their vows. What is the point?

    Nonbelievers refer to my morals as 'cute” and 'refreshing,” with a smile that tells me they think I have a lot to learn. Unfortunately, many Christian friends are no better. My freshman year at a Christian college I learned that a Christian girlfriend of mine was having premarital sex with her boyfriend. When I confronted her about it, she said, 'Everyone is doing it—it is not really a big deal anymore.”

    No wonder the psalmist writes, 'God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one” (Psalm 53:2–3).

    The Lord is still looking for people that will seek after Him. As the world tears down boundaries, the church is called to be set apart. God is longing for a people that will be set apart from the standards of this world.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to be set apart and to honor You in all we do.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 3:1-5:30; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15; Psalm 53:1-6;Proverbs 22:28-29