Message of the Day: Becoming Weaned From The World And More Attached To God
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17, NKJV)
Having announced his victory over the world in John 16:33, Jesus now offers a prayer that reflects the triumph of his completed work. He begins by speaking of his relationship with the Father. Jesus’ work was to reveal God to the world so that people might receive eternal life through him. He prays that by dying on the cross and successfully finishing his work. At the same time, his death will bring glory to himself, for it will enable him to return to his Father and enjoy the glory that was his before he came int the world. (John 17:1-5)
Although most people did not believe in Jesus, some did, such as the apostles. They believed the evidence they saw and heard that Jesus was God and that he had come from the Father to make God known. (John 17:6-8)
This thought leads Jesus to the second part of his prayer, which is for his disciples. He prays that they will live in such a way as to show his glory to the world. Their unity will display the unity that exists between the Father and the Son. Jesus asks that they will remain faithful to him and not be defeated by the evil that is in the world. He wants them to share with him the triumphant joy that comes through successfully completing the work the Father had committed to hm. (John 17:11-13)
When Jesus leaves the world, his disciples will carry on his work. He prays therefore that they will be neither discouraged by the world’s hatred nor corrupted by its sin. (John 17:14-17)
To “sanctify” means that the disciples is “to be set apart” or “to make holy or pure” that they might be fully consecrated to the work of the gospel, and be separated from worldly concerns.
For us, this concept of sanctification is progressive. It consists in our becoming more like God and less attached to the world; in our getting the ascendance over evil thoughts, and passions, and impure desires; and our becoming more and more weaned from earthly objects, and attached to those things which are unseen and eternal.
Just like the disciples, we are to be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as his servants. We are to be really devoted to the service of God. This sanctification is through the truth of God’s word.
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