As believers, it’s remarkable we are specifically chosen by Him and set apart to be used by God. “Be holy, for I am holy,” says the Lord. God would not give us this command if He didn’t give us the power to do what He asks. Jehovah-M’Kaddesh is the name of God that means “The Lord who Sanctifies.” The term was used first in Exodus 31:13 when God instructed Moses to teach the Israelites to observe the Sabbath. God is holy, and by His spirit’s transforming power we are set apart for Him.
Sanctification follows redemption. Sanctification is not only a singular work accomplished by Christ on the cross, but also an ongoing process accomplished by Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit in me.
This sanctification or separateness of life is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit and the release of the living, active Word of God. Jesus’ final prayer for his disciples is found in John 17:17–19: “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.” AW Tozer says, “Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. Be cause He is holy, his attributes are holy, that is whatever we think of as belonging to God must be thought of as holy.”
From Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.” We are to live a holy life and shine as a light in this world. We belong to God. We are forgiven, set free, and now set apart for the Lord that we might live for His glory, holy and separate.
Jerry Bridges in The Pursuit of Holiness says, “Our reaction to circumstances are part of our walk of holiness. Holiness is NOT a series of do’s and don’ts. Holiness IS conformity to the character of God and obedience to the will of God. Set apart and chosen we are free to be the best possible version of ourselves.”
Dear Jehovah M’Kaddesh, thank you for setting me apart for you. Thank you for fulfilling your promise of sanctifying me and allowing me to live a holy life to shine your light to the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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