Readings I Peter 3
1 Peter 3:15 (NASB95)
15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
In which picture is Navy set apart? To “sanctify” means to set apart.
(Don’t pay any attention to the black dog. He wanted to be part of the “project”, but still is a little too big for the table. And believe me, we do not usually allow Navy up on the table.)
Dear set apart ones,
As I found out at camp last year, many people think that to set apart something, you place it off to the side. Some of you may remember being there last summer when we wanted to “set apart” the young man with the fancy shoes. Initially the campers wanted him at the edge of the room, even outside of the room we were in. That is the opposite of what it really means. We ended up placing him in the center of the room. That is what it means, to give something a place of prominence. That is why it makes sense then to set apart, to sanctify Christ in our hearts. We are to give Him all our worship. Giving Him the place practically that He has positionally is our only reasonable act of worship. Where is His place at this moment? Where was it two hours ago? Where will it be in three hours?
Holy means set apart. That is why the Bible says that God is Holy. Actually HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. He is totally set apart! Central to all of creation!
Our heart is the true place of worship. If He is not worshiped there, He will not be worshiped anywhere. It is out of the heart from which all proceeds. We are told to worship in spirit and truth. It is out of our heart where the “spirit” comes in, and it is in a response to the “truth” our hearts are made alive. Being in the Word helps me keep THE WORD(John 1:1) central in my heart..
If Christ is not central in our hearts, then we will not have to worry about having to give a reason for the hope that is in us. Nobody will be asking us.
Let’s set Him apart now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and let’s be prepared to give that reason for the hope within us.
In the Word,
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