TO THE BIBLE: John 17:18-19 AMP
“Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.”
Paul said to Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). There are certain things you mustn’t and shouldn’t do, because you’re the written letter of Christ, sent to your world to give light and direction. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). This is who you are; you’re the light to your world, and light gives direction. So, as a Christian, you’re supposed to shine your light and give direction, not live like the rest of the world.
God expects you to sanctify yourself for the Gospel’s sake. He expects you to separate yourself from anything and everything that doesn’t glorify Christ. If you’re a student, be a burning and a shining light in your school. Let your light shine so brightly that others would see your good works and glorify God, and be challenged to live righteously.
Let the Christ-life reflect in and from you. It should be your goal to think, talk, and act like Jesus. Wherever you are, and in whatever you do, be an example. You’re on centre stage now: Be a bright and shining light, and bring glory to the Name of the Lord, for that’s what your life is for.
Thank you heavenly Father, for your Spirit that’s at work in me, both to will and to do of your good pleasure. Your love fills my heart. I set my affection on you alone, to love and honour you continually; my life is for your glory today and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Romans 7:7-25, Psalms 64-67
Luke 12:49-59, Judges 9
State two things you should be doing and two other things you shouldn’t be doing, as one who has sanctified himself/herself.