If you are like me, you probably have a large mirror in your foyer, right near the front door. The reason I have that mirror is so I can check my appearance before I head out the door. I want to see how I look to other people.
In the same way the Lord has given us a mirror to check how we appear to God. The Mirror is the Word of God. It gives us an image of how we should look. By looking into the Word, we can see the adjustments we have to make to make ourselves presentable to God – to look like a saint!
In the same way, when we look at the Word of God, it shows us how to walk like a saint. When we were saved, the Holy Spirit sanctified us and, as a result, God called us His saints. Now it has become our responsibility to walk like a saint. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Ephesus 4:1 NKJV.
You are called a saint, now you have to walk in a manner worthy of that calling. The Word gives us the image of what that looks like. By being a doer of the Word, we imitate what we see in the Word. This is why the Apostle James wrote:
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 NKJV.
In the early Church, the average believer didn’t have a Bible to look into every time they wanted to see how God wanted them to walk as His saints. Most were only able to hear the Word of God as it was read to them each week at Church. Thank God we have the printed Word. In fact, some of us have several Bibles around the house. We really don’t have any excuse not to look into the Word everyday, to see how God wants us to walk – to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
This is why it is so important to meditate on God’s Word every day. It helps us create a clear image in our hearts of what we are meant to look like as saints, and how we should walk as God’s holy people. When we walk in a manner worthy of our calling, others can see the progress we are making. The Apostle Paul wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy:
“Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” 1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV.
Paul wanted him to walk in a manner worthy of his calling so that he could lead others by his example. True leaders lead by example so that others will imitate the way they walk in the Spirit, and not yield to the desires of the flesh. Paul also wrote this, in his letter to Timothy:
“Let no one despise your youth, but BE AN EXAMPLE to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy4:12 NKJV (emphasis mine).
He later wrote:
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with the who call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV.
Paul wanted Timothy to have a clear image of who he was in Christ, so that he would walk in a manner worthy of His calling. Timothy was to be an example to other believers, so they could see what a holy life looks like.
Finally, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV.
Here the Apostle Paul gave Timothy a clear image of what a vessel of honor looked like, and how to achieve that image; he had to cleanse himself! By doing this he would be a vessel of honor that is sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.
This the image you should also have of yourself! You should see yourself as a vessel of honor before God. By cleansing yourself from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, you will sanctify yourself, and be a vessel fit for the Master’s use.
You are holy, dear saint!
This is day twenty-six of a 31 day devotional on The Life Of A Saint.