“Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
The first command that God told Abram was to separate himself from where he grew up to walk a life of faith. The blessings that Abram experienced would have never been realized had he chosen not to live a separated life. Was it easy for Abram to live the separated life? Absolutely not! It was hard to say, “Goodbye,” to those family and friends whom he had known for such a long time; however, he would have never become the great nation had he not listened to God and lived the separated life by faith.
God also has great blessings for you, but you will never see them until you separate yourself to God’s plan. Always remember that separation from the world is also drawing nearer to God. You will never see God’s fullest blessings on your life until you are willing to separate. Let me point out six lessons about separation.
First, there is nothing wrong with separation. Everybody lives a separated life; the only difference is from what we choose to separate. When a parent tells their child not to go to a certain place, they are choosing to separate. Only the those who want to live in the world will make separation sound bad.
Second, you are different; don’t forget it. Abram was different from his family and Lot, and to not separate would have only caused problems. Separation is what allows you to exist in the same world with different people. You are different because you are a child of God. One reason you should live a separated life is because you are different.
Third, you must choose to separate yourself. Abram had to make the choice to separate himself, and you must make it a personal choice to live the separated life. It isn’t always easy to separate yourself, but it is where you will discover the greatest blessings that God has for you in your life.
Fourth, you must separate from where you came. The first crowd Abram separated from was from his kindred where he grew up. You were in the world when you got saved, and the first place you must separate from is the old life. You cannot live for God and live the old life at the same time. You are going to have to walk away from the old life if you are going to live the new life. There is nothing wrong with walking away from the old life. In fact, if you want to get closer to God, you must walk away from the world.
Fifth, you must separate from those different from you. Abram also had to separate from Lot, who also was saved, but he was different. There are people who are saved people from whom you are going to have to separate. There are saved people who are not like you, and you must separate yourself from them if you don’t want to become like them. Separation does not mean you are better than others; it is just that God’s presence and blessings are always better than the world that others want to live close to.
Sixth, after separation is when the blessings of the life of faith will be realized. It was after Abram separated from Lot that he experienced his greatest blessings, and it will be after you choose to separate that you will experience God’s presence more fully and His blessings more greatly.