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40 Days of Prayer – Day 21: Gathered in Community

As A People Set Apart

Set apart? Hmmm… Set apart makes me think of sorting laundry by colors or candy by flavors. But if we are the ones set apart, who is the one picking us up from where we are and moving us away from others? And for whatpurpose?

In John 15, Jesus tells his disciples he chose them and appointed them to “go and bear fruit.” He explains to them that mixing in with others will not be easy, they may even be persecuted for obeying his teaching. In chapter 16, Jesus tells them a great secret that the rest of the world doesn’t know: “All that belongs to the Father is mine” and the Spirit will “take from what is mine and make it known to you.” Then in chapter 17, Jesus prays for his disciples and then for all believers, “that all of them may be one, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they
also be in us…and may they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them…”

We are set apart when we make the decision to enter and remain in relationship with God. We are called to be in his group, but we must be willing to be taken to a different place—that is, to the place of loving God with our mind, strength, and soul, and loving others every minute of every day. Yet we are called to do that in the world, not removed from it. We are set apart in that we know the secret. My prayer for Friends is that we share the secret with one other and are in complete unity in sharing it with the world.

Sylvia Graves

Query for Reflection

Are you set so far apart from others that they cannot know about your faith? Or have you allowed God to set you apart in such a way that others can see him in you, they want to know your secret, and you are able to share it?

Action Step

Today, find some way to share God’s love and light with someone who especially needs it.

Prayer Focus

Father, teach me to love you and trust you so much that I do not fear sharing your secret with others.

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