Be careful before you ask God to send you into the mission field. If He hasn’t sanctified you, you’re not ready.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Sanctified then Sent
Sanctified by the Truth
Consider the Disciples
For a better idea of what this sanctification looks like, consider what Jesus had to correct in His disciples before He could send them out. They argued over which one of them might be the greatest (Luke 9:46). Their faith was still weak (Matt. 17:19-20). They had allowed Satan to influence them (Matt. 16:23) and they showed themselves to be prideful (Matt. 26:33-35). Despite all their shortcomings, when Jesus had finished preparing them, they set out with such power that their world was changed forever.
AS I SEE IT
Sanctification Brings Results
Think about what Jesus’ disciples accomplished once He had completed molding and refining them. Now imagine what Jesus can accomplish through you if you are willing to be reshaped and purified. We, however, have lowered the bar of our expectations so low that we don’t expect the “greater things” Jesus promised (John 14:12). I am convinced that instead of crying out, “Lord, use me,” the Church needs to seek forgiveness and to be willing to see just how unusable it currently is. I believe that difficult days are not far off, but God is poised to proclaim His glory through it all. As in the days of King Asa of Judah (2 Chron. 16:9), His eyes are scouring the land, searching for those whose hearts are completely His, those who are willing to be sanctified before they are sent.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
In this world, those who beat their swords into plowshares generally end up plowing for those who did not.
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