Anything {or How to Live the Perfect Life p.2}

I’ve been praying “Anything” with Jennie Allen and the Good Morning Girls. this summer.  In Week 6, we crept up on Jesus praying in the garden, just before the crucifixion, and listened in on His conversation with The Father:

Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You…

I do not pray that you should take [my disciples] out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one…

Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.  As you sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. {John 17: 1,15,17-19}

That word sanctify hooked me like an unsuspecting Mackerel.  This word, sanctify, is tossed around Christian circles as common language {and yet dodged so shrewdly by most listeners that the ignorant are often spared disgrace}.  But really, why did Jesus choose this word?Anything2

Strong’s Concordance reduces sanctification to ten quick terms. Can you hang on for ten terms?

Hallow, set apart, dedicate, consecrate, separate, sanctify, {Hey! Didn’t Mr. Strong’s 3rd grade teacher ever tell him that he can’t utilize the base word in it’s own definition?} and last of all, make holy.

So Jesus prayed to separate us from the fray like The Claw {from Toy Story} separated little aliens from the glass-enclosed toy heap. Plucked from above, and parked in the hands of a new master, three little aliens {and a floppy toy cowboy to boot} gained an entirely new life.

Anything

Jesus prayed to separate us {His disciples} from the fay – not from the world {for we are still in the world}, but from the evil one. He prayed to set us apart for a ministry of truth.  A ministry where we proclaim the Father’s Name to a dark and lonely world.  A ministry where the Father’s Name ushers in love, and love ushers in Christ, and Christ ushers in a perfectly holy presence.  A ministry where Christ is alive both in us and in the world because of us.

And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it that the love with which You loved Me may be in them and I in them. {John 17:17}

So what does any of this have to do with “Anything”? Just this:

“What if the true motive of my life and my heart were to make God known for a few years on this earth? {Allen, p132} “What if we wanted what God wanted most?” What if we wanted, like Jesus,to sanctify the world by God’s Truth, to bring love to His people, to spread God’s glory above every other thing?

What if I stopped stressing over my pursuit of the perfect American life, and started pursuing the perfectly holy presence of Christ in me?  Holiness made perfect by Love.  Holiness made known by Truth.

God in the Dock

What if even this blog post did more than journal one woman’s trek through the wilderness of parenting?  What if we {you, and I} declared Truth to the nations?  What if we wanted above all things, like Christ, to glorify God, to declare God’s name, God’s Truth, God’s life to the world? What if, like Rend Collective sings, we refuse to waste our lives, and live instead for our joy and prize: to see the captive hearts released, the hurt, the sick, the poor at peace.  What if we lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause, for we are His Church? What if we acknowledge our need of His power in us. What if there’s more to this life than the pursuit of happiness? What if?

{Can you stay tuned?  God is afoot.  And I’m leaning in to hear His still, small voice…}

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