While observing Yom Kippur this week, I couldn’t help but think about holiness. We don’t hear it talked about much in church anymore – at least I don’t hear it often. With Yom Kippur being a time of examining our hearts before God – this subject was on my mind.
Joshua 3:5 says, “And Joshua said to the people, “sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
To sanctify means to cleanse, purify and make holy.
God doesn’t change His mind. He is saying the same thing to His church today.
Sanctify yourselves. Purify yourselves. Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
With the current atmosphere in our nation, many have lost sight of the truth that God has not changed – what He promised you before the pandemic is still His will and plan for you. Nothing happening in the earth can change that. God has new places for you to go in Him. He still wants to do a new thing in your life. Nothing has changed.
He longs to enlarge your vision. To increase your sphere of influence. But first, we must sanctify ourselves.
Cindy Jacobs says, “Sanctification is a process in which you become more Christ like.”
We know we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are a holy generation. We know that. Yet, sanctification is a process. If we desire to stand on holy ground and continue to grow in God, we must welcome the process of sanctification.
The Cambridge References Bible says the process of sanctification consists of two parts. The first part being a ceremonial purification that took place in bible times. They were told to wash themselves and their garments.
Today, we too must wash ourselves of all anger, pride, unforgiveness and anything else that is not pleasing to God. And we must make certain we are clothed in garments of righteousness and not garments of this world. We should, as the Body of Christ, be noticeably different. We cannot look, act, and talk like the world and remain pleasing to God.
The second part of the process, according to the Cambridge Reference Bible is that once washed clean, the people turned to God with a spirit of expectant faith. They knew He was going to come and visit them the next day. Therefore, they prepared themselves and fully expected God to show up.
How many of us, reading this today, fully expect God to come and do wonders in our midst?
You see, as they prepared and expected God to show up, they were taking a step of faith toward the fulfillment of the words from Joshua.
Jesus did all He is going to do, if we repented, He saved us from all our sins – He MADE us the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus – the rest is up to us.
We must daily keep ourselves pure before God, free of sin, free of unforgiveness and all the things the Bible tells us are not pleasing to God.
I believe God is saying again…it’s time to sanctify ourselves, for He desires to do wonders in our midst…for we are standing, today, on holy ground. Let us, today, wash ourselves and our garments. And let us press forward with a spirit of expectation!