In the Christian walk, sometimes it can feel like a constant fight between the old man and the new. The battle of Romans 7 is familiar to us all to one degree or another. This constant struggle to become more like Christ has been at the forefront of my mind of late.
As I was reading my Bible the other night, I read a familiar verse, but it hit me in a completely new way. The verse is from Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer: John 17:17.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
I immediately thought of a passage a friend has been memorizing: Psalm 119:9-16
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
How do we guard our hearts? How to we remain pure? How are we, as Romans 12:2 puts it, “transformed by the renewal of [our] mind[s]”? It is through the internalization of Scripture. True sanctification will only come through being steeped in the Word of God and integrating it into all aspects of our lives. And, though it may seem foreign at times, this should be a core desire for any Christian.
After all, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:3a,
…this is the will of God, your sanctification…