ἁγιάζω : I sanctify: I revere, adore in such a way that dispels all fear of man.
So, I’m blogging away about idolatry, rejection while preparing a talk on I Peter 3:15 – “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart always being ready to make a defense for the hope that is in you.” Or, as I’ve learned from my study of the Greek: “Revere and adore Christ in such a way that dispels all fear of man.” In the context of the chapters and verses leading up to this it’s clear that the process of setting Christ apart as Lord has a lot to do with relating to people. Not always, but quite often. Hmm, what a coincidence.
I think it’s safe to say that sometimes, due to sin in relationships we rebel against Christ’s lordship. We refuse to call Him Lord. We suffer for the sake of doing wrong rather than the sake of doing the right thing for Him. We are convinced that if we relinquish control then He’ll ask even more from us. We dig our claws in even deeper and hang on to our low-budget version of the “good life” – we don’t want to let go of the reins.
Sometimes we’re reluctant to submit to Him. We don’t feel loveable, we believe the lie that slinks around in the shaded corners of our hearts and accuses us of being worthless. We are quite certain that every pair of eyeballs does the once-over and decides, “She’s a loser.” Why do we believe the lie? He calls us to something so much more.
Sometimes we’re resistant. It’s easier to throw a pity party than celebrate the beauty of perfect grace and love. We settle for a poorly painted facade of happiness; we risk nothing and protect ourselves from a deeper satisfaction. We’d rather stay mad. “I deserve to be treated thus and so.”
The cadence of I Peter beats with God’s grace, forgiveness, resurrection, sacrifice.
HIS for us.
“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart, always being ready to make a defense, to give an account, for the hope that is in you.” The hope Peter describes, repeatedly, as living, and forever and is elsewhere characterized as never disappointing, a sure and steadfast hope in the now and the not yet, anchored in Jesus Christ.
Are you rebelling, reluctant, resistant…?
Sanctify – revere, adore in such a way that dispels all fear of man – Christ as Lord.