In John 17, Jesus prays this over His disciples and all who would come to believe in the future, 17 "Sanctify them in the truth ; Your word is truth. 18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.' So first of all we are to be sancntified, or set apart and holy unto God. We are to be weird, alien, and different as compared to the culture and world around us. We should think, talk, and act differently than others. Do we?
What makes us different? God's truth or God's Word. God's Word is the lens through which we are to see everything. When we hear a song, watch a movie, read a book, engage in a conversation, or see a commercial, God's Word is to be the filter that helps us separate out truth from lies.
But that is not all Jesus prayed. If it were just about our sanctification, then we could go off and all be monks. Yet, that is only part of the prayer. Jesus also has sent us into the world. He has told us to go into the streets, into the schools, into our neighborhoods, into our governments, into our businesses, and into our social worlds and be His salt and light. We are to be right in the middle of the world's conversation representing truth.
Two final questions....Am I spending time in God's Word regularly and allowing His truth to change me and dictate how I live my life in every aspect? Am I actively involved in the world around me and bringing Christ into the middle of conversations in my neighborhood, work place and family? Let's make 2013 a year where we are truly sanctified and sent!