There’s something about a hot cup of steaming coffee or tea on a cold blustery day. I’m not sure exactly what it is but they go hand in hand. It’s on day’s like these that I sit and contemplate those things that are a little well… scary at least in this writers mind.
‘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’
I’ve always been worried about this particular verse in 1 Peter. Although we know the definition, not many will tell you exactly what sanctifying feels like to you or what that may look like so it is always a little scary when consideration time comes about.
Words like sanctify, meekness and fear are not words used frequently in our world today irregardless of the word you substitute them with they remain, well fear penetrating. However, as the words of JDM of the Institute for Creation Research states.. ‘…fear need not overtake us’.
Sanctification is as individual as our fingerprints or snowflakes, no two are the same. It is the all encompassing love that somehow surpasses our humanness, our own daily turmoil and our egos. It is simply the stirring that happens when you think of the love it took our Savior Jesus Christ to walk that long agonizing walk towards the cross. The face of sanctification is the glow of flowing love within the deepest parts of your being, for which there is no twin.
This stirring of putting God where worry, doubt and fear live each day, surrounding your mind and heart within on windy days making you feel safe and warm. This complete surrender is the all encompassing word of sanctification. This love naturally develops meekness and with meekness just a little fear, fear of not being good enough for all the beauty and safeness that lays within it.
Written By: Lisa Wooldridge,
Cypress UMC Member & Volunteer