Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:17-19 (NIV)
I have been molding and shaping your life. I have been using my word to change your heart. I have been using my word to transform your mind. Day by day I have been making you to be more like me. You are thinking my thoughts. You are walking in my ways. It is your consuming desire to follow and serve me. Yes, it is my desire to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to do nothing less than be fully devoted to you. I am all yours. Yes, you are all mine.
I have set you apart as one of my followers. I have trained you. I have taught you. I have prepared you. I am sending you out into the world. I am asking you to go and do what I have done. I want you to love like I loved. I want you to give like I gave. I want you to serve like I served. I will use you. You will follow me to where I lead you. You will do whatever I ask of you. Yes, I will follow and obey you as I wholeheartedly serve you. All that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to be is yours. I am completely at your disposal. Use me whenever, wherever and however you desire. Yes, I will.
My hand is upon you. I will use you as my instrument. I will make you able to do all that I ask of you. You will have power. You will have my strength. I will be with you to help you. I will make you able to stand. I will help you to endure every trial and withstand every test. The work that I began in you, I will bring into full completion. You will do the good works that I have prepared in advance for you to do for me. I will use you to bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will be found faithful in my sight. One day you will hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” No words would be sweeter to my heart and mind and soul. Only you can make me faithful. Only you can make me able to accomplish the work that you have given me to do for you. All my faith and hope and trust is in you. I will rely on you completely as I follow and serve you. That will be very good.
Father, I ask you to transform my heart and mind and life by your word. Make me to look and be more like your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for setting me apart to be your follower. Prepare me for whatever mission you have in mind for me to do for you. Amen
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