I like Hebrews, in general, because it has a number of great verses, such as the ones set by Selwyn, for today’s reading and meditation; Hebrews 10: 5-7, bear repeating here: “Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll – I have come to do your will, O God.’ “; verse 10, then provides the summary – “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Selwyn, in his comments on John 17:19; ‘For them, I santify (dedicate)Â myself, that they too may be sancitified (dedicated to my mission).‘ (The words in italics are my edits re the use of the word ‘santify’ in this verse.); has this to say: “JesusÂ was consecrating every part of Him. His whole personality, everything He was as God and man, all His powers and attributes were dedicated to the task of bringing glory to God. … The Son of God devoted Himself utterly to the work of redemption, and gave Himself to the task of setting us free from sin with unswerving selflessness.”
Jesus’ prayer also implies that we too can be included into His ‘santification’ process such that weÂ may be able toÂ undertake (with unswerving devotion)Â theÂ tasks given to us by God, with the exclusion of everything that does not contribute to His purposes.Â
I often find it hard to exclude everything which diverts my attention away from the tasks which give glory to God – it’s a fast, difficult and demanding world in which we live – what’s your strategy to exclude the diversions, from your spiritual life?