“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17, NKJV.
An oat bran muffin or a glazed doughnut?
Brown rice or French fries?
It was not very difficult to make those decisions, right?
How about the Oprah Winfrey talk show versus reading the Bible? Getting a little more difficult?
These choices illustrate something important to our spiritual health as well as to our physical health. You’ve probably heard that oat bran and brown rice are the better choices because of their high fiber content. Fiber is there not just to make the food brown. It plays a vital role in the intestines of our digestive system. It’s like the brooms in our houses. It goes in and sweeps out the innermost parts and removes the remains of the food that our bodies could not use. It also purifies our systems of harmful carcinogens (agents that cause cancer) and other microorganisms that, if left, would make us sick from such diseases as colon cancer, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis.
The Word of God is also vital, and plays a role similar to fiber. Reading it must be our number one choice. It is not there to look pretty on our shelves or to carry to church in attractive binders, but to be eaten, to be digested, and to become a part of us.
Jesus, when praying to His Father for His disciples and us, prayed that we would be sanctified by His truth. He said that His Word, the Word of God or the Bible, is truth.
The Greek word for sanctify is haziago (haz ee ahd go), which means to purify. The Word of God is our spiritual broom. As we read it, it goes to the innermost parts of our beings, our hearts, and shows us our need of Christ.
Through the Holy Spirit, the Word sweeps our soul temples clean of habits, desires, appetites, and character traits that if allowed to remain would leave us sick with the disease of sin. We must be purged of these things to make it through the final moments of earth’s history. Our Saviour will return soon. The Word of God, spiritual fiber, was given to us so that we do not die both a physical and a spiritual death.
Have you used your spiritual broom today? It’s the only way to keep spiritually healthy!