On Sunday eight men called --The Roadmakers -- were "set apart." What does that mean?
It means our church cooperated with the Spirit of God's design for the lives of eight men chosen for a particular mission. Our church formally released the Roadmakers from their current tasks and -- set them apart -- to a particular task. This was done publicly so that all connected to the life of our fellowship would know that the Roadmakers go with their blessing.
I am one of the Roadmakers -- I was released from my current tasks to a particular task.
The Roadmakers and the entire congregation made a spiritual commitment to the mission God has entrusted to us. It was amazing how 800-1000 people in attendance were merged into one heart and mind. Everyone realized we were in this together. It is hard to describe how it felt to see everyone so excited about the privilege we were all sharing.
For the Roadmakers, being commissioned and -- set apart -- will require the spiritual commitment to become a physical commitment. At three-thirty a.m. on 17 March, the Roadmakers will climb into a van and head toward Atlanta. Once there, we will board a plane and fly with the sunrise.
For all of us it became clearer what it means when the Holy Spirit -- sets apart -- people for His purposes. Spiritually we were set apart from all that we love and hold dear. Soon that spiritual setting apart will take on a physical dimension.
The Spirit of God gave us a reminder of what happens when Christ's church cooperates with Him. His spiritual presence becomes visible when He chooses to -- set apart -- people for His purposes.