Set Apart To Fulfill God’s Plan

The Truly You Purpose Project

The Truly You Purpose Project God Knows and Loves You Anyway

Truth Tip #3

God Set You Apart  

 To Fulfill His Plan For Your Life.

It’s week three of The Truly You Purpose Project. So far, we’ve learned you are of sacred worth, and God’s love is unconditional…he loves you…no matter what. While you may have already known these things intellectually, I hope you have now enveloped them in your heart and invested them into your soul as they are foundational to moving forward and living truly you.

This week, we step into Truth Tip #3 of our life purpose project and realize God set you apart to accomplish his specific plan for your life.

Truth Tip #3 

God Set You Apart To Fulfill His Plan For Your Life.

…before you were born I set you apart;

Jeremiah 1:5

I’m married. For the second time. Divorce was not part of my plan.  Frankly, it wasn’t God’s plan for my life either. In hindsight, perhaps neither was my first marriage.

Back then…1981…I didn’t think much about God having a plan for me. I was much too focused on myself for that. I definitely had a vision for my life, my marriage, and future family. Unfortunately, I don’t recall that I included God in the picture except for maybe church-going on Sundays. I claimed Christ as my Savior, attended bible studies, prayed and read scripture, but my faith wasn’t deep enough to know I could trust God in and with everything…even my life partner…even my dreams. I didn’t know how to be brave and listen to God’s voice, to view circumstances as signposts on the path to my first marriage.  I didn’t know God set me apart and had a specific plan for my life.  A plan to accomplish his purposes and bring me joy along the way.

I know now…and it has made all the difference.

Your Role In God’s Plan Is Significant

…God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…

Galatians 1:15

When we set something or someone apart, we do so to keep it or her separate for the right purpose, place, and time. We separate good china from the everyday dishes for use on special occasions. When we bake, we set apart the dry ingredients from the wet until the right time. We separate our music on play lists based on our moods and preferences.  We set apart people for different jobs at our offices to bring optimum results. Setting apart has purpose.

In this scripture from Galatians, the apostle Paul reconfirmed the calling God had on his life…this ‘setting apart’ that occurred from birth. Paul testified that God lovingly and specifically selected, separated, and meant for him to complete a plan. Not Paul’s plan, God’s plan.

Paul’s plan was to persecute Jews…and he was good at it! But God knew all along the winding roads Paul would choose to take and he used them to strengthen and empower Paul’s testimony of Christ’s love to the Gentiles…eternally life~changing to those of us who are not Jewish!

Paul’s role in God’s plan is significant. So is yours.

Your role is significant

If you are anything like Paul ~ or me ~ in setting out to follow your own plans, you need to know that you have been set apart from birth to make a way for the completion of God’s great plan and glory. His plan includes your roles, personality, relationships, giftedness, location, experiences, faith, and even the ashes resulting from wrong choices.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.

Romans 8:28

Through my first marriage, I was gifted an incredible son.  I gained a whole lot of wisdom, and my relationship with Christ grew deeply. God has used my past to create a desire in me to help other women draw close to him and know and accept his plan for their lives. In doing this, I live God’s plan for my life and bring glory to his name.

Step forward into God’s plan for your life.  Be truly you!

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

Proverbs 9:21

Purpose Prayer

God, forgive me for making my days all about me and my plans. Please open my eyes, ears, and heart to know and accept your will for my life. Thank you for somehow using my mistakes and misdirection for my good and greater impact for your kingdom, greatness, and glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Purpose Step

Write down the plan you have for your life. After praying and reading scripture, do you sense God has something different in mind for you? Are the differences small tweaks or huge leaps? Perhaps you’re right on target! In any case, praise God for his plan and ask that he reveal specifically how he wants to use you for his glory.

Listen to Your HeartSong Here

Set Apart/Worship Central

-Written by: Gail Armatys

Do You Have a Fake ID?

By: Amy Dalke

I was sitting at my kitchen table one afternoon, going through the mail, when an envelope addressed to my stepdaughter, Kathryn, caught my eye. It seemed odd, since she was in college in Dallas, and she had historically not had her mail sent to our house.

The return address on the envelope was from a town in Arizona. And I’ll just lay it out to you straight: I opened her mail. I did. You probably respect the privacy of your children. I don’t. At least not when it raises my suspicions. (Okay: I tend to dramatize a matter. Keep that in mind when I tell you my initial thought was that this envelope held a warrant for her arrest in Unnamed City, Arizona.) (Not that she is ever in trouble. Ever. But I was convinced this could be the one time.)

Turned out I was wrong. (As Larry told me I would be.) The Arizona authorities were not after Kathryn.

Instead of a warrant, a brand new fake ID dropped out of the envelope. (Because that’s so much more comforting.) Though incidentally, the little gangster who made this new fake ID had great customer service.

When I called my sweet stepdaughter (she really is sweet) to let her know I just received her “package”, she tripped over herself a little as she delivered her sales pitch. According to Kathryn, being nineteen was boring, and if she was going to enjoy college life at all, she actually needed a fake ID. I mean, this acquisition was almost as necessary as her textbooks. (Besides, everyone else had one.)

And so the story goes.

Kathryn is older now, and has a legitimate Texas driver’s license that indicates her true twenty-one years of age. Her evil stepmother kept the fake one in a safe place (the trash), but Kathryn could have carried around a fake ID for two years, one that identified her as someone she was not. The picture on the front was true enough to her own, but it had a different name, age, and address.

I never had a fake ID that falsified my age. Nevertheless, I am still a lot like Kathryn. Instead of carrying a counterfeit card in my purse, though, I carry it around in my soul.

For years I wore this false identity like an old comfortable sweater, and lived as though my value was wrapped up in my appearance; in my performance; and to some degree, in my possessions.

Female hands with hot drink, on color background

Maybe you know what I’m talking about: you wake up in the morning, and feel the suffocating weight of the world’s measuring sticks when you look into the mirror. “If only you were thinner, prettier, or had thicker hair, life would be better. You would be…worth something.”

Or maybe you’re on a constant pursuit to keep up with that infamous Jones family, believing that if you could just have what they have…if you could afford to live where they live…and go where they go…then you would be okay. 

Can I tell you something?

You are already okay. You are already enough. Just like you are.

Antique gilded hand mirror, over dark timber.  Soft focus.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, your value is not measured by the world’s yardstick; your worth is not weighed on any scale of achievement, nor is it reflected in your bathroom mirror.

Your worth is measured by the cross of Christ, and your true identity is defined by His life. Period.

And as you draw closer to God, through Christ, you become more fully yourself – who you were made to be!

You’ve probably heard the term, “identity in Christ” time and again, but what does it mean…really? (Frankly, it sounds a bit too high-minded for me, and it certainly doesn’t look as comfy as my go-to sweater!)

Yet by the grace of God, this identity is more true about you and me than any you’ve tried to wear in the past.

So how do we get to the point where we shred those fake ID’s (or quit wearing the old sweater), and start living into the truth of our identity in Christ?

First, ask yourself: “How do I define myself?”

Do your answers reveal a dependence on external sources of worth (your career, your roles, your appearance, your skills, your financial/material resources)?

Second, begin to learn the truth about who you really are. 

Your story doesn’t end with this short list; it’s not even close to exhaustive. (I just wanted to get you started on a hunt for the truth.)

Your True Identity Markers Scriptural Proof
You are the chosen, adopted child of God. Ephesians 1:4-5
You are redeemed & forgiven. Colossians 1:14
You are holy. Colossians 3:12
You are dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
You are complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10
You are free from the Law of sin & death. Romans 8:2

Knowing who you are in Christ gives you the confidence to be truly yourself. When we live into the truth of who we really are, we begin to discover the emptiness of the counterfeit alternatives.

Because your worth is not weighed on one of these scales… 

Coins On A Scale Weight

It hangs on cross beams instead: 

single wooden cross

Go be who you really are today.