Wow, 3 days in a row. First and foremost I don’t plan on making this a daily blog post. I am super excited to get into this I wanted to “load it up” the first few days. I promise I won’t publish every day, unless you ask for it! Ok into today’s topic:
1st Cor 1:2 says: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours”
I normally don’t quote from the NIV, but this has two key words in plain English that I would love to dive into with you, as well as discuss how that affects my life and could affect yours. Those two words are “sanctified” and “holy”. The big church word “sanctified” or “sanctification” simply means set apart to be made holy. So taking both “sanctified” and “called to be His holy people” together makes sense. Holy is another “big church” word that is often confused or mis-used, yet we understand this concept very well in our lives. Holy means set apart for a specific purpose. Let me use a somewhat humorous example. I will guarantee that you have “holy” things in your house. Your toilet cleaning brush is holy, it is set apart from everything else, stored in a special place, and ONLY used for cleaning toilets. You could use it to clean the bathtub, but you don’t. You could use it to clean the tires on your car, but you don’t. You could even use it to scrub the dishes, but obviously you don’t! If you do any of these things, please don’t tell me, I am not sure I could continue our friendship if you blaspheme the holiness of the toilet brush to clean dishes… In the same way we are called to be God’s holy people. We are set aside for a specific purpose. I am not sure what that is for your life, and I am often not 100% sure for mine. BUT we are all called to something special, something unique, something Holy. As we read in the Daily in the Word reading plan, Noah was holy, he was set apart to build an Ark and save all mankind. I don’t have anything that grand, yet I have been given certain gifts and talents, and those gifts allow me to do certain things better or maybe more easily than others. God has also given you gifts that he wants, no expects you to use, as His set apart person. So what, I have a gift, who cares? God does, He equipped you and specifically you to be an example of His love to a lost and dying world. You are how He meets your kids needs. You are how His love is shown to your friends who are hurting, You are how the good news, the gospel goes forth. You are how disciples are made, through the relationships that you have, both with Christians and Not-yet Christians in your life. You are called to be Holy, so let us live out that calling in our lives, and find our special purpose and be all in while doing that knowing that we are doing what we were put on this earth to do!
Jeremiah is a former non-vocational church planter, youth pastor and assistant pastor. He is currently an elder at our church and assists in many ministries. His bride Carole and daughter Abby are the joys of his life. To pay the bills he works in the Biotech industry. He can be reached at Jeremiah.email@example.com