Justin Hiebert

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Set apart

Posted on 20 Feb 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

One of the scriptural commands that I think we’ve often misconstrued and misinterpreted is the command to ‘be holy’. It was a repeated command from God in both the Old and the New Testaments. It’s a pursuit and a calling that should be at the core of who we are. All we do should be in a desire to be holy.

And to be holy means to be set apart.

Set apart for a purpose, goal, or mission. The great failure of Christianity has meant that we’ve separated from the world and lost the capacity and vision for mission.

But biblical holiness means that we separate ourselves in our actions, not in our relationships. Tweet that

Biblical holiness is rooted in the call to be people of light, hope, and grace. It is a pursuit of God that draws others closer to him. We are to remain relationally close to those around us with a vision and focus of serving them in the name of Jesus. God’s call to holiness shapes the way we act, think, live, work, and serve in this broken and hurting world.

Open Bible with pen

Open Bible with pen (Photo credit: Ryk Neethling)

Jesus prays that his disciples remain united in love and faithful in action (John 15), and the same God that called us to be holy because he is holy also calls us to go and make disciples, to be a good neighbor, and to be defined by our actions to ‘the least of these.’

Our great failure, and what we must work to reclaim, is not the idea that holiness is somehow an excuse to retreat. Holiness is not a retreat, it is a call to advance. God advanced and freed slaves. God advanced and became human. Our holiness should advance us in capacity and vision for mission reconciling the world to God.

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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    • I haven’t read that Blake. Care to share some insights?

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