That hot summer day I had no idea the difference the Scripture, “Sanctify them by Your truth,” would mean in my life. I had been raised in a religious private school that had not taught me about the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the difference belief in His death and resurrection would make in one’s life. In hindsight, this private school had taught me how to fear God wrongfully and how to try to please Him by my actions.
That summer a group of college Bible students came into our neighborhood to hold Bible studies. It was there that I heard, for the first time, the Gospel message explained clearly. I knew I needed forgiveness for my sins and a Savior who could cleanse me from anything that separated me from God my Father. It had nothing to do with my works, but the finished work of Jesus Christ. Click here to learn more.
John 17:17-20 NIV states, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”
To sanctify means to set apart, to be holy. The Word of God sanctifies believers. As we read it and obey it, we are set apart as vessels suitable for God’s use. Jesus wanted a people who were set apart to God from the world, and usable by Him.
Another part of this sanctification, is service. It says Jesus sanctified Himself—set Himself apart for God’s service and will—we too should be set apart in the same way. This sanctification is important, because we live in a world that does not value, but opposes God’s will. Jesus is our example, who submitted totally to the will of God.
Isn’t it ironic that God has set us at TWM apart to go into the communities near and far with His sanctifying truth as those college students did that summer. John 17:17 does not say, “Your word contains truth,” but “Your word IS truth.” People’s opinions may vary, and experiences are untrustworthy, but God’s Word always remains true.
This Scripture further states, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message.” So, continuing this year, and the years to follow, in various ways and through various platforms, we will intentionally share the truth of God’s Word. Our ministry theme is “Empowering Women Through His Eternal Word.” God’s precious and powerful Word sanctifies all who put their trust in Jesus. Is God’s sanctifying work being accomplished in your life?
Visit our website (twmforjesus.org) and see the various ways in which we share God’s truth. See the courses we offer through our new school and share our site with others. It is always a privilege to serve you in Jesus’ Name.