The key sentence, in my view, is the following: ‘And here, in His third petition, He shows us how they are to be kept safe and filled with perpetual joy – by being sanctified.’Â The verse being considered is, John 17:17 ‘Santify them by the truth; your word is truth’.
Selwyn provides an useful definition of santification; ‘ … basically it means two things: first, to be set apart for God’s use, and second, to be made fit for God’s use. The primary meaning of this word always has two aspects – dedication and purification.’
The prayer for today – says it all so well: “Father, help me understand that santification basically results from a relationship. The more I get to know You the more I become like You. Dwell still more deeply in me, Father, so that the world will have no place to abide. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
For me, this is one of the main challenges of my journey – dedication is a maturing attributeÂ but purification is always a struggle – a type of three steps forward and then two steps back; how do you cope with this type of struggle?