“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” John 17:17
I have recently been inspired to action in our garden. I transplanted some of the more beautiful plants growing inconspicuously around our property into a rock garden just outside the front door. In the process, mess gets everywhere. For a garden to look beautiful, you first have to make a big mess!
Life is messy and mess sticks. Just hanging around in this world means that ‘stuff’ can rub off onto us. Attitudes that are harmful, emotions that hurt and beliefs that rob our faith, all have the potential to hold us back from God’s plan for our lives.
Jesus prayed that His disciples would be set apart from the world’s mess. This world’s system is not supposed to stick to us. In John 17, Jesus asked that we would be sanctified, or ‘set apart’ in the truth. Fear is not truth, hate is not truth. Neither is pride, jealousy or greed. God’s Word IS truth.
Jesus was not concerned that what we ate would make us ‘unclean’. What we eat goes straight to our stomach and doesn’t directly effect our beliefs. But, Jesus did say to guard what goes in our eyes and ears: what we listen to and meditate on does effect our beliefs.
Colossians 3:16 says ‘let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’ or to ‘let the word of Christ remain as a rich treasure in our hearts’. If we want to protect our hearts from being messed up by this world we are to treasure God’s Word. Daily reading and meditating on God’s Word will do more than anything else to protect our faith and establish God’s Kingdom in our lives.