Thursday, February 22, 2007

1 Corinthians 1:2 -- Called to be Holy

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

I find it interesting how Paul opens this letter to the Corinthian church. He uses the term sanctified to describe his audience and continues with “and called to be holy”. Members of the “true” Christian church are devoted to Christ and are expected to be experiencing the sanctifying grace of God which is producing a life of obedience and holiness. This salutation is addressed to those who acknowledge and obey Christ as their Lord, and as Lord of all; it includes no other persons.

Lord, may you continue to purify and sanctify me. I ask for you to not be finished with me. Do your work in my life. Keep cleansing me from my pride and selfishness and make me more useful to you. I am no longer in love with myself. I am in love with you. I desire to be a telescope that displays your uncontainable majesty and glory.

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