We know we are to be salt and light, and we are often warned to be careful to ensure that our salt does not loose is savour or the light to be hid.
Matthew 5:13–15a – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel…”
But how is this to be done? We hear preaching that demands our perfection, we hear preaching on changing this and changing that in our lives, we hear preaching on avoid this and avoid that. We are exhorted time and time again that to be a better Christian you must do this and do that. We are exhorted to come out from among them and be ye separate.
Our spiritual lives tend to become like a Christian book store or YouTube topical search, and we get overwhelmed because we seem to find ourselves failing at our walks time and time again. There is nothing wrong with developing standards in our lives, and we are not saying don’t preach on these things.
“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
But we are challenged with these things time and time again, only to find that we fail, over and over again. And then, feeling defeated and accepting ourselves to be failures, we become a people not of humility, service, and faithfulness that points this world to Christ, but a people that are self-righteous, self-centered, or defeated, becoming the laughing stock of the world.
If we truly want to see the change God desires in our lives, if we want to “…prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”, and testify to this world the manifold riches of Christ; then, we must understand and accept the who, the how, and the why of this transformation that comes by the renewing of our minds.
And in our Lord’s high priestly prayer found in John 17, these questions are answered.
For in verses 11-23 Christ reveals to us exactly who sanctifies us, how we are sanctified, and why we are sanctified.