“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” — John 17:17
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The word “sanctify” means “to make holy” or “to make clean.” It indicates that a change has occurred in preparation for a new task or purpose. As we read, study and memorize God’s Word, it brings about changes in our lives that will make a difference in the world.
Many times, the success of a team, coach or athlete is based on their ability and willingness to adapt and change. How many games are won or lost at halftime based on adjustments made or not made to a game plan? Batters in baseball are often successful or not based on their willingness to change their approach to a pitcher from a previously failed at-bat. Successful golfers adapt to each new course’s conditions.
It should not surprise us that the same is true in living for Jesus Christ. We are called to change. Romans 8:29 tells us that we are called to “be conformed to the image of his Son.” Later, in Romans 12:1-2, Paul challenges Christians to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
The call to change is clear. It is an ongoing goal. We are to become more and more like Jesus Christ every day. Two psalms in particular describe the life-changing power of God’s Word. Take some extra time and study Psalm 19 and 119. In Psalm 119 (the longest of all the psalms), note the different descriptive synonyms used for God’s Word in each verse.
— Jeff Totten, Detroit Tigers chaplain
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