Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17 (NIV)
I have sanctified you. You have been set apart by me. You are mine. That sounds wonderful to me. It is my joy to be all yours. It is good that you have used the word all. Why is that? My sanctification and you being set apart for me includes every aspect of your life. There is nothing about who you are or what you do that is outside of the sanctifying work I have done and will continue to do in your life. Your sanctification of me is not just a one-time deal? No, it is not. Let me explain this to you. You were bought with a price. My Son’s death on the cross paid for all your sins. You have been made clean by His blood being shed for you. You have been made new and my Holy Spirit lives inside of you. You and I have a restored and new relationship with each other. I am your Father. You are my child. In all these ways your sanctification is complete. But, that does not mean that my work in you is complete. I will be molding and shaping your life right up until the moment that you come to live forever with me in heaven. Only then will my work of sanctification be fully complete in you.
What kind of sanctifying work can I expect that you will do in me between now and then? That is a very good question. I am very glad that you asked it. Why is that? It is very good for you to anticipate that I will be molding and shaping your life on a daily moment-by-moment basis.
What will you use to sanctify my life and mold and shape me according to your purposes and plans? That is another very good question that I want you to answer for me. Right now? Yes, right now. I think that you will use everything that comes my way to mold and shape my life. Like what? You will use people, circumstances, fellow believers, trials, and tests of all kinds to mold and shape my life. Yes, I will. But, you have left out the most important tool that I will use to mold you into who I want you to be. Yes, I know. You will use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, I will. How will I do that? Your Holy Spirit will take your word and apply it to my life. Your word and the power of your Holy Spirit will help me to think your thoughts and do your will. Yes, He will. I welcome Him to do your work in my life. I want to be everything you want me to be for you. That is very good.
Father, thank you for word. Your word has set me apart to live my life fully for you. Your word is changing my heart and renewing my mind. You are helping me to think your thoughts and do your will as I follow and serve you. Amen
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