“ For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” – Jesus Christ ( John 17:19 )
The Sanctified Example
Jesus sanctified himself for us. He dedicated himself to save us and “ did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” ( Matthew 20:28 ). They tried to make Jesus an earthly king, they tried to get him into politics, but that wasn’t his calling. Jesus served us well by not getting sidetrack by selfish desires or seeking his own will. He is the true example of what it means to be sanctified.
Sanctification Isn’t Strange
Sanctification isn’t some strange “ holier than thou” out of touch concept. People in the world do it all the time. We see this in the sports world how people give all their time and energy to be the best athlete. We see this in the business , and academic world where people give their time, money, and energy to achieve better jobs, and higher pay. Sanctification or being “set apart” as the dictionary defines it, is a very tangible concept, not only to be thought of in the realms of Christianity and religion; but to be thought of anytime someone is seeking to make or produce an extraordinary work.
So, when we are sanctified for Christ…the world changes in the best ways. When we sanctify ourselves for the message of Christ we will see the revival of the church, true justice, and the light of righteousness dawn upon us. But we must focus… get rid of idols, ego, jealously, coveting, and the lust of the flesh that distracts us from becoming the mature people of God. We should get our finances together, stop living in debt, stop overeating, stop smoking, and stop drinking too much. We should get our family relationships right, and there’s certain relationship we need to let go, because they’re not helping us to fulfill our God-given calling. There are bad habits we have to stop; if we want to start to see the power of God move mighty in our lives. And it’s not a “religious things” but a logical thing, a reasonable thing… This is something people who don’t even know God do in order to achieve their goals. But we look to achieve a greater goal , a goal of glory for our Creator so humanity won’t stumble in darkness, but it will take sanctification.
Will you sanctify yourself for Jesus today? Will you sanctify your attitude, time, and mind by only seeking the truth? Will you do it for your family? Will you let go of selfish ambition? Will you let go of your ego? Will you get laser focused on God’s calling for your life, and let go of impure thoughts? If so , then let’s pray…
Dear Heavenly Father, we lay down our agendas, selfish ambitions, and sinful ways to take up your righteousness, your holiness, and your joy. We want to see your Kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Sanctify us by Your Word so that the world will know you, and be saved. Amen!