The disciples were sanctified by Jesus. Through His words and actions the disciples came to know the truth. They understood the ways of God. Through sanctification they were marked as holy, set apart from the world. God seeks to sanctify us as well. As we grow in closeness to God, we become increasingly separated from the things of this world. Just as Jesus told the disciples that they do not belong to the world, He tells us the same thing as He lays claim to our lives.
Since we belong to Jesus as His disciples, we know the path we are called to walk in this world. We are called to offer the world radical love, unexpected forgiveness, absolute justice, complete compassion, and sacrificial service. In short, we are to live out the life that Jesus patterned for us so that all may come to know Him.
There is much beauty and good in the world. God loves the world and all that He created is good. We can love these aspects of the world too. But sin did enter the world and Satan continues to operate in the world. As Jesus claims us and as we continue to grow closer to God, we are called away from greed and wealth, away from violence and corruption, and away from status and power.
In the midst of the world and this culture, how can we be sanctified, set apart for God? It is God’s Word that sanctifies us. Time in the Word draws us closer to Him. Time in the Word builds up our armor and makes us strong so we can resist temptation. Time in the Word lays out how we are to be in the world but not of it. We must spend time in the Word of God, for there we too find truth.
Scripture reference: John 17: 17-19