Set aside for His glory
I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. John 17:14-19 The goal of God for every believer is that they will be molded to the life He wants them to have. This is what Jesus was praying for His disciples. He wants the life of God be manifested through them. This will take place when His followers are completely surrendered to His working through their lives. He will remove attitude of selfish ambitions. He will cleanse them from worldly influence that could affect and hinder them from having godly perspective. “Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s” (Matthew 16:23). He will also rebuke them from their lack of faith. “The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 8:25-26). It is important that you are cooperating with what God is doing in your life if you want that His power be manifested through you. Satan will always try to find a way to prevent you from understanding God’s truth so you will not live your life based on godly principles. His goal is to render you useless to God so you will be ineffective in your Christian life and will not bring God His glory in the way you live. In the Old Testament, Joshua and Caleb were willing to stand up for their belief in God. Even when the majority of the people around them tried to convince them to waver in their faith, they did not give in. For forty years, they remained steadfast in their faith while others did not live to see the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb trusted God’s promises and God used them to lead the next generation of Israelites to enter the Promised Land. When they reached the land, Caleb looked back and recounted to Joshua that they trusted God because they have faith in Him and they believed His word. “I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God” (Joshua 14:7-8). Where are you right now in your walk with God? Could you honestly say that you believe and trust Him wholeheartedly? Just like Caleb in the Old Testament and the followers of Jesus, God’s call is for you to let Him work His will through your life. If you will proceed by letting Him have His way in you, you will experience the joy of living your life for His glory.