and Then Sent
them by the truth;
word is truth.
You sent Me into the world,
also have sent them into the world.—John
God will always sanctify you before He sends you. The Father set aside the
twelve disciples and made them holy by the Truth, His Son. As they related to
Jesus, the Truth (John 14:6), the
disciples were refined by that Truth and were prepared to be sent out to preach
the gospel. Jesus challenged their ambitions (Luke 9:46–48),
chastised their lack of faith (Matt.
17:19–20), refuted Satan's influence (Matt. 16:23), and
denounced their pride (Matt.
26:33–35). When Jesus had finished preparing them, the disciples were sent
out in such power that their world was never the same again.
Satan will try to convince you that your sin renders you useless to God. That
is a lie from the author and father of lies. As soon as you sin, the Deceiver
will whisper, "You failure! You are now of no use to God.” This can bring a deep
sense of defeat and hopelessness to a Christian. Yet, there is no freedom that
compares to a soul set free by God's grace. When God's people allow God's truth
to realign them to God's will and God's standard, then the power of God will be
released through them the same way it was through the first disciples.
The Truth will set you free. The Truth is: "If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
John 1:9), and we are restored to usefulness to God.—Experiencing God
Day by Day