We don’t live for ourselves – we live for Christ and in Christ. Christ lives through us and in us today. What can we do today to bring our lives into alignment with our spiritual reality? God has set us apart – it’s true right now. How about we live in that truth today?
1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.
5 “‘During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long.
6 “‘Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body. 7 Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially unclean on account of them, because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head. 8 Throughout the period of their dedication, they are consecrated to the Lord.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
In Numbers, God sets out the requirements for a person who desired to be devoted to God for a time under what was called a Nazirite vow. This was a time-limited act of dedication in which the person restricted themselves in life practice and cleanliness under the law.
We don’t have the Nazirite vow today in Christianity. As I read through the requirements and how the Nazirite is consecrated to the Lord, I found myself reflecting that we are consecrated to the Lord when we are in Christ.
We aren’t Nazirites. Actually, in our consecration to Christ and through Christ, we have more freedom in our lives, not less.
We don’t have to grow our hair a certain way or stop drinking wine to be dedicated to Jesus. We can set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts (1Peter 3:15) right now. God has already set us apart for himself. In fact, God has made us a holy nation and special possession unto himself.
We don’t live for ourselves – we live for Christ and in Christ. Christ lives through us and in us today.
I am betting you didn’t feel like a Nazirite when you started reading above. I bet a few of us feel even less like a Nazirite after reading this far, because we are not living as if we are set apart and consecrated to God, are we?
What can you do or redo today to bring your life into alignment with your spiritual reality? God has set us apart – it’s true right now. How about we live in that truth today?