~1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Peter exhorts us to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts. But how do we actually do that? Noah Webster defines the word sanctify as:
To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy by detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God.
We are to totally cleans ourselves from corruption – totally purify ourselves from sin – totally detaching ourselves from the affections from this world and its defilements and lifting them before God so He can create in us a holy heart. Wow … can you imagine just what God could do through us if we were to set ourselves apart in this manner?
What a wonderful Christmas gift to the Lord Jesus Christ this would be if we were to take this verse with all seriousness of heart! Then we could truly tell others about this hope that Christ has given to us through His precious blood shed on the cross so we may gain eternal life with Him in Heaven!
Celebrate this Christmas by giving Christ the one thing He truly desires … our sanctified hearts!