Have you ever heard the term: “set your mark?”
It usually means to leave a lasting impression on those who are in your life.
I was listening to an Instagram live of a motivational minister Devon Franklin and was inspired to go deeper into what it means to be called out, and marked for God to set a mark for Him.
To set a mark God’s way is to transform their perception of life by being who God made you to be. To set a mark is to set a high standard of living based on you embracing God’s standard of living. Not bowing to the low standards of the world and becoming all God has desired for you to be by reading, listening and doing the instructions of life that will help you succeed in His Word.
Being light in a dark world. Shining for the world to see. Being a blessing when all others want to do is curse.
Loving others even when they seem unlovable.
It goes deeper than that.
You can’t set a mark without being set apart.
You can’t set a mark for God in this dying and decaying world without being set apart by Him first.
You can’t set a mark while trying to be like everyone else. You have to own the individual soul God made YOU to be.
That includes being different. And that means being set apart for God’s purpose.
What does that mean? To be set apart?
It means to be marked by God. When you are marked by God you are chosen, distinguished and created for a specific assignment, purpose and function for the glory of God and the expanding if His Kingdom of life and love.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10
In other words, you were created to be set aside for a purpose so grand, so beautiful, so beyond your wildest dreams that would not only give glory to God but draw people to Him, into His Love, into the Family of God. You were created to make a difference in this dying world
As you allow God to set you apart by marking you with His Spirit, which reveals and develops God’s character in you, you begin to mark others with God’s Word, God’s Light, His truth.
This opens their eyes to the joy and wonder that comes from being God’s child and will, if they are willing, cause them to seek the only God where you find who you truly are and the purpose of your existence.
Being set apart comes with a price.
Being set apart also means you will be alienated from the world. People may be jealous of your light. Some will be put off by your witness, testimony and confidence in who God made you to be.
Being all God made you to be convicts others to seek God to be all He made them to be.
Also, being light in a dark world, and salt in a lost and decaying world can be strange and scary to those who may be dying themselves. Truth convicts lies to see. And love always convicts hate to turn. As God marks you by His Spirit, you develop his characteristics. We call it the fruit of the spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.“–Galatians 5:22-23
Setting a mark comes with a price also. You will always be pushing the envelope. You will always be fighting against the powers of darkness. You will always be stretched. Marking others God has placed before you, even if they are unlovable in our eyes, even if they hate us, with His Love. It will always keep you humble. It will keep you working toward a greater goal. Others will hate you because you ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It challenges them to examine their lives and wonders if they are even scratching the surface of influence to what it means to be alive in the truth.
God set a mark on you also visibly draws the devil to attack you. He hates God. And hates you because you are just like Him now. But the good thing is God promises those who suffer for His namesake will be rewarded with His power and His strength to go through it.
Those who endure persecution for Christ sake will be counted worthy to also inherit glory with Him.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” –Romans 8:18
God also promises to never leave you in the hands of Satan when you are being persecuted for just being set apart and marked by God.
“The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.” –Psalm 37:33
Being set apart as a believer is one thing.
But to be set apart as believer owning and embracing the individual gifts, characteristics and personality, God has made you be in Him is another.
There is going to be opposition to being who God made you to be. Even among those who say they are Christians because it provokes them to examine who God made them to be.
Are you eying to be a carbon copy of someone else? Even out of good intentions we strive to find out who is doing Gods will and formulating our lives around their good deeds for Christ.
Even the best believer can not replace you.
No one person is the same. And God intended for it to be this way. God wants us to be able to explore and find out from Him who He has destined us to be and go and share His Light and His Love to others around us in our own flavor.
There is a process to becoming set apart.
It may take sometime to fully come into all He has for you.
You begin by abandoning the things of this world. You are constantly challenged by God’s word to renew and restore your mind.
It may take sometime to fully know what He has for you.
It may take time, depending on your willingness, to break the lies and chains of comparison and submit to the Lord and humble yourself before Him.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”–James 4:6
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”–James 4:20
That time of setting apart will be lonely sometimes because you think you are the only one going through it.
But you are not alone. I went through it and I came through knowing with greater depth and joy the person The Lord creates me to be and the destiny He has for me.
I know many reading this have too. So fight to become all God made you to be. Don’t allow yourself to become stuck with who everyone else is. And be conformed to this world. Instead, renew your mind with Gods Word so you can understand and realize and become all God made you to be.
It says in Romans 12:2,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
So, go ahead. Shine for God in your own way.
Shake God’s Word all over the place in the space, shade and style God has called you to do it.
And set your mark.
Set your mark of God s Love
Set a mark of holy living and truth that convicts and surprises those around you.
Never settle. Cause it will cost you.
Don’t lower yourself to the world’s typical standard. Let Gods high mark, high standards for living a fulfilling life live in you.
Don’t take your grace or gifts for granted. Nor neglect the gifts God has given you.
Don’t engage in foul language or behavior that will cause others to walk away from The Lord Jesus.
Don’t try to be like everyone else because you will be like everyone else in the world. Lost and purposeless.
Set yourself and let God use your life for His Glory.
Renew mind with God’s Word and continue to follow the best God has for your life (Romans 12:1-2).
Never leave anywhere without leaving a mark for God.
Set your mark. Set a high mark. Set your mark for Him.
Be brave. Be you. Be creative. Be different. Be Who God made You to be.
I pray for courage as we become all you have made us to be. Help your people renew their minds so they can see who they are and go to war with darkness, with your Spirits help, to fight, cut off, and finally stand, and embrace all You created us to be. Give your people all over the world renewed confidence ,faith, grace, peace and strength so we can place our fears in your hands, abandoning them once and for all. And go after the dreams you place on the inside of us, not afraid to shine in the dark for you. Help us to constantly leave a legacy of light and love for those who can’t see. And God, I pray that are hearts for those around us leave a mark, set a mark, for Your Glory.
Thank you Lord.
In Jesus Name.
Let God’s peace guard your heart and mind as you become all He has made you to be.
I love you all in Christ.