In today’s times our churches are plagued with men who lack the backbone to be, to their fullest potential, who God calls them to be. All to often, we doubt our ability to rise to the calling. What we do not realize is we aren’t just doubting ourselves, we’re doubting the very fiber of Gods ability to transform us into true men of God. So we ask, “Who Am I?”. Who we are isn’t as complicated as why we are, and although the bible is laced with examples of how a man should be there is an underlying likeness to most of the greates in the bible. The Nazarite.
The Nazarite vow to be exact is found in Number 6. By all of the greates I primarily mean Samson, John the Baptist, Paul, and yes…Jesus. One truth about the Nazarite vow is that either you were born into it (Samson, Jesus, John the Baptist) or God called you into it (Paul). I personally feel like it’s VERY important in the question “Who Am I?”. Why it’s important is very simple you are chosen, that’s who you are…a chosen child and man of God, not to single out the ladies because this applies to you also. You are chosen to a higher calling in life, we are all called to be preachers, not all are called to be pastors though…not to confuse that. I believe the Nazarite vow is crucial in describing Who I Am and what I am called to be. I also believe there are three key factors to being a modern Nazarite and being a modern Christian.
- Act Different: in our churches, homes, and personal lives today this is a point of conflict. Verse 3 says “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes or dried. 4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from their kernels even to the husk.” Different. It’s fairly debatable about drinking beer or alcohol in general, for the record I think it’s wrong. And although I think that is part of what we can get from this, I believe it’s a small portion. Different. But different how? I believe these verses are speaking to the very fiber of our daily life. What are you putting into your soul? Are you partying, listening to music that doesn’t please God? Are you drinking, having premarital sex, adultey, lust. Do you watch tv shows you know are wrong? What are you bringing into your life? Think about the positive difference it would make for you to listen to Christian music, watch Godly shows. Think about the Child’s song “be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear….be careful where you go…because just like casting crowns wrote in their song…it’s a slow fade. No, you’re not an alcoholic from day one, no you’re not cheating on your spouse at the first smile…everything ungodly that you let into your life is opening a door that leads to a road of destruction. Different. You should have a filter in your life, if you watch enough movies with cussing eventually you’re going to cuss, listen to enough sad beer drinking songs you’re going to drink, enough shows with unwed sex you’re going to have sex. Different. You are called as a Christian to hold yourself to a higher standard, so what are you waiting for.
- Look Different: this set of verses basically says he shall not let a razor pass over his head for all the days of his seperation. Although I’d like to have an excuse for growing my beard and hair, I actually do not. Imagine that you were walking in the spirit to such an extent that someone could look at you and see a difference. We should look different. Someone’s perception of a Christian through us should be different than that of the world. If we look like the world, act like the world, talk like the world…how is that being a Christian. More so how is that being a church? There’s a local church here with literally a Starbucks in the church, their services look like a rock concert, the preacher looks like he’s on his way to vacation, and although I’ve never fully heard the preaching I can only imagine what it’s like. At another church they have known and admitted homosexual “Christians” as members and who believe they’re saved. Church, people, we are on the road to destruction because we look like the world. Different.
- Socially Different: The last verse is a hard one. It basically says all the days of his seperation he will not come in contact with the dead. We have to separate ourselves from not only the things of the world but also the people. The bible warns us about yoking ourselves to the unbeliever. Do I think this means we can’t talk and witness with the unbeliever? No. But the key to all three of these is setting yourself apart from the world. We can not be “a part” of this world but be part of something that tell us to be apart from this world.
For me, I’m tired of just being good enough. I don’t want to get to heaven and God say “well you did the bare minimum”.