Marks of a Christian: Separation

II Corinthians 6:14-18

The word 'separation' means different things to different people. The dictionary definition is simple to be set apart. The same word is translated elsewhere in the Scriptures as 'holy' and 'sanctify'. Now the concept of separation does not only include separating one's self from evil, but also involves the attitude of being set apart for service to God. Separation is not first and foremost an outward act, it is an inward attitude of the heart. There are many religious groups who are considered to be separated, because of things in which they do or do not participate. Example: the Amish. Example of young girl at a Christian school who considered herself more spiritual. Biblical separation is a very misunderstood subject by many.

I. Note Some Biblical Examples.

II. What are we to be separated from?

III. Why should we be separated?

Are we living a separated life? This is a mark of Christian. Not a pious holier-than-thou attitude, but a willingness to be set apart from sin and be set apart for God's service. Our Lord has commanded us, and if we are to have influence and power in our witness we must be separated.

How can we be separated for the Lord? By yielding ourselves to Him. By filling our lives with the Word of God and choosing to be what God wants us to be. We cannot do it on our own, but I can do all things through Christ.