Luke 1:26-56, Leviticus 19-20

Leviticus 20:26 – You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Lord God of grace and mercy, purely out of grace and mercy have you called me to be yours.  It wasn’t because I was better or smarter or stronger.  It was only because of your grace.  You have called me out of this world to be set apart, distinct, and to stand out like a light bulb in a dark room in this world.  Help me to live a life set apart for you and distinct in this world.  While I live in this world, make it obvious to me what it means to be in this world and not of it.  Help me to know the difference.  Where you have spoken clearly about what this means, help me to get in line.  Where the line is unclear or hasn’t even been drawn, help me to ask, “How can I honor God and be distinct in this world?”  You have called me to this, Lord God.  Help me to live this out.  Amen.