Many times, we view the word separation in a negative way. We associate it with loneliness or detachment. From an early age, we struggle with the idea of being separated from other people – especially those close to us. There’s a lot of baggage that comes along with separation.
But what if I told you that separation – or rather, being set apart – has positive qualities too? In the right context, separation is vital for your spiritual growth.
Look at our passage for today, Jesus and the disciples had been travelling the country doing ministry. It was to the point where people were now starting to recognize them. They were celebrities. Life was getting pretty hectic.
That’s when Jesus tells them to set themselves apart. To get away for a little while and recharge. To rest. When was the last time you did this? When did you take some time to be by yourself? No phone. No computer. Just you and God.
What makes this different than the negative type of separation we’re used to hearing about is the intention behind it. This is the choice to set yourself apart for renewal and growth.
I’d encourage you to set aside some time this week to be set apart. If Jesus encouraged the disciples to do it, we probably should as well.
1 Kings 19:11-13