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Barnabas and Paul Commissioned, Acts 13:1-3

Set Apart, but Not Alone

There is a unique isolation about being set apart, even in being set apart for doing God's work - especially for being set apart for God's work, in fact. Often God's work involves serving people directly, and serving requires a measure of decorum, confidentiality, and humility. Sometimes those qualities, and the necessary separation between the server and those being served can feel isolating. At the same time, there can be an incredible bond formed between people who are serving in similar capacities. Ministers can find community with other ministers. Small business owners can be connected with other small business owners. Volunteers can bond with other volunteers. Set apart does not need to mean set alone. 

Narrative Lectionary Text: Acts 13:1-3

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.