Set Yourself Aside With A Vow


Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them. — Acts 21:26

So following this moment, there will be a lot of resistance to Paul, but I didn't want to pass over what Paul is doing here. He is practicing purification. It was called a Nazarite vow.

The Nazarite vow was made by those who wanted to rededicate themselves to God. The Hebrew word nazir means "to be separated or consecrated." It is done voluntarily, by either men or women, and has a specific time frame and requirements, which concludes with a sacrifice.

I reference this because I bet this moment and this purification held special significance for Paul. He returns to God's Holy City just before Pentecost, a place that had memories of a former life and a new life. Paul comes to the House of God, the Holy Temple, a very different man. He purifies himself as a believer and minister of the resurrected Jesus. And I bet during his cleansing, he reflects on his former beliefs and ways in light of how far God had brought him.

I think we as men need to find at least one time each year to set ourselves aside for purification. A time we get away from the clutter and the busyness of life. Just a day or two is all that is needed. It should be a time of guided reflection, reevaluation, and realignment with God. And it should culminate in a renewed commitment, including a new sacrifice to Him.

In my life, I have found these times profound. Some of them have been so meaningful that they have left a permanent mark on my soul. And every time, they not only alter my relationship with God but have an impact on my roles as a husband, father, leader, and friend. So I would highly encourage you to do this one time this year. Set some time aside to be with God, just you and him, and make a renewed vow between you and God. You will not regret it.

ASK THIS: Do you have time set aside for you and God? (Share it below you do and tell me what you do, it might help others.)

DO THIS: Meet with God at your designated time.

PRAY THIS: God, meet with me as I plan to meet with you.

PLAY THIS: You Meet Me Here — Anabeth Morgan.


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Set Yourself Aside With A Vow

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24 thoughts on “Set Yourself Aside With A Vow

  1. Nick. S says:

    I push these devos till before bedtime, then I read my bible and other related study books. I also go back and watch recordings from my pastor so I can take more detailed notes.

  2. Paul L says:

    Making time for Christ each day is like the body’s need for oxygen. Each day Devo and meditation. Prayer nuggets throughout the day. Loud and off-tune worship in the truck. Cory B, I love the idea of an alarm set for Christ!

  3. Cory B says:

    I do my best to pray as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed. Usually in the morning I read devotionals and/or the Bible. I also have an alarm set at 3p that reminds me to pray because that’s the part of the day I tend to lose focus. I used to journal and might consider going back to it. I also could benefit from dedicating time to Him in intentional, focused mediation and prayer.

    I feel a bit spiritually plateaued. I’m a checklist guy and I don’t want this to be just something I do to check off a list. Any suggestions?

  4. Dennis says:

    I spend the very first part of my day with God. Before I get out of bed , I recite the Lord’s Prayer. If I go to work out, I listen to worship music and focus on God during my work out. Throughout my day, I find myself praying often. It is all about focus.

  5. Rex says:

    I’m in ! -I am craving getting away – and reviewing and resetting my spiritual life. This week I would appreciate prayers and giving away to meditate for a sermon

  6. Sam says:

    I would be very interested in knowing the different ways men do this as it is not something that I have ever done, that I remember.

  7. Kevin Allex says:

    A mens retreat at the end of January 2022. It’s a great time to reconnect with God and reset my life.

    • Jose Barrientos says:

      Wow, I’ve thought about the need to rededicate myself. I simply thought that God’s grace and mercy was sufficient. Part of it is because I know there is nothing good in me, as Paul says, Lord right here, right now I pledge my thoughts and my actions to you. I ask that the Holy Spirit that dwells in me intercede for me when I am at my weakest. Thank you kindly Gince for your continued dedication to us men.

  8. Robert Miranda says:

    Yes setting time aside for God is so vital. I plan to do this now on every sabbath….either a saturday or sunday in addition to my other disciplines. Thank you Vince. 🙏

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