“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
Wrestling is a skill that is perfected as much by how we react as it is by how we act. It must be practiced continuously so as to train the mind and body to “memorize” what we are to do in any circumstance. A couple of my friends on the team at my school were State champions. These guys were gym rats. They walked, talked, ate, slept and lived wrestling. They set themselves apart not only by their skill and dedication, but by their sheer love for the sport. I couldn’t last 30 seconds on the mat with either of them.
So… how do we set ourselves apart (sanctification) from the rest of the world when it comes to being and making disciples? We must first determine what it is that sets us apart, right? Then we must discipline ourselves and learn to love it. Of course, “it” is truth. In the above passage we find that God’s Word is truth. The Word is truth and Jesus is the Word (John 1). See how that works?
Daily Battle Order:
“Wrestle” with this challenge and emerge the victor by practicing. Be a gym rat. Train your mind and body. Be ready for any circumstance. Walk, talk, eat and sleep the Truth! Be set apart by learning, and most importantly, loving the truth of God’s Word. Then continue daily to pass it on.