“Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth.”-John 17:17
To be sanctified means to be set apart, made holy, or purified. Jesus asked the Father to purify the disciples, making them holy according to his word. As believers, we are remade into God’s holy light bearers by knowing what God says about us. We must daily recollect who we are and who we have been called to be. Here are some truths about us:
We are God’s beloved children.
We are those in whom Christ dwells.
We are saints, and we are sinners.
We are broken, and we are beloved.
We are God’s treasured possession.
Do you want to grow in holiness? Remember who you are. Jesus did not tell the disciples that they would be sanctified by doing good works or belonging to right church. We are sanctified according to his word, which comes through Jesus.
Jesus, I claim to value sanctification, but it is so easy for me to get off track. Help me to remember each day that your holiness flows in me by your Spirit, and that my sanctification comes not through my good works, but through believing the gospel. Amen.