Day 29 - Sanctified (Set Apart) and Sent | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Saturday, February 29, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Watching a sunrise and meditating on the Lord in December of 2019

John 17:15, My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Followers of Christ have never needed to escape from reality to find victory. We don’t need to live in denial or pretend that bad situations are not severe. Through the power of Christ, we are able to live in this world while being protected from the evil one.

As I write this post, there’s a lot of fear surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) Though it is not the worst condition that people presently face, fear has gripped the minds of many people. That’s not to say we should ignore this situation. More importantly we should face it with wisdom and faith in God. Ultimately, our condition is not determined by this world, because we’re not ultimately subject to this world. Again, we don’t act as if things in the world are not real, we live like the power of God overcomes the world.

Jesus had such confidence in God’s Spirit within those who belong to God that He sent His disciples into the world to preach the Good News. We are called to be “salt and light” in this world, having positive impact, and making a difference in people's lives.

Jesus made a remarkable promise in which He stated that we have been “sanctified,” or “set apart,” for God’s special use. It is God’s word working in us to make us distinctive in a world of commonality.

As in everything else, Jesus set the standard, made provision, and led the way. By setting Himself apart to become our Savior and the Giver of all grace, we are now in position to impact our community and world!

Reflection Question: How do you, or will you, impact this world for Jesus?

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