In Acts 13:2, as the church in Antioch was praying and seeking the Lord, the Holy Spirit spoke to them saying: “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Those words, “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul” are powerful words. God had a plan for those two men and he used them to take the Gospel to many Gentile cities. Who knows the number of lives that were changed because of this call?
God had a plan for their lives and the truth is He has a plan for all of ours. He has set each of us apart to do His work. This could entail a specific course of action, like leading a Bible study or teaching in a Sunday school class. It could be a matter of the heart, like loving our neighbors or showing grace and forgiveness to someone who wronged us.
That calling is going to look different for each of us. The key is that we are seeking to live it out, whatever it is. What is it that Jesus is calling us to do right now in this season of our life? Are we allowing ourselves to be set apart for the work God has for us?
We may never be called to go to other nations and cities like Paul and Barnabas, but we can’t deny that we are all called. The Lord sets us apart for His work and—whether that’s going to a foreign country as a missionary, letting our light shine at work, or being a Godly influence to our kids—it’s all important, because it’s all about loving God, loving others and seeing His Kingdom extended. I encourage you to take some time to seek the Lord and allow Him to speak to you and show you how He wants to set you apart!