Holy. Set apart. Above reproach. As believers, these are the characteristics we are called to. In Leviticus 20, the Lord is talking to Moses about laws to help prepare his heart for the Promised Land. The Lord commanded the people not to live according to the way of the nations they would enter and if they obey, overflowing blessings would come.
Like Moses, God has plans for us. But, in order to prepare our hearts and minds for the things to come, our mind has to be pure and set on Him alone.
Recently, I had the opportunity to hear from the pastor of a local orphanage in Myanmar while on a mission trip. He spoke about how setting his heart on Jesus alone has affected him, his family, and the orphans he serves. Being a believer in Myanmar, which is 80 percent Buddhist, was a call not to live according to the customs of the nations. Twenty years later he is seeing the overflowing blessings and faithfulness God poured out onto him and the orphanage.