Day 17: The Cup of Sanctification
I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. Exodus 6:6
A few days ago we looked at the four cups and the four “I will” statements concerning God’s promises to his people. The first cup represents the Lord setting apart a people for himself. He declares himself to be their God. They did not choose him, in fact he was at most a dim memory to most of them. Moses even asked, “Who do I tell them sent me?” But God chose them, and was in the process of making them his holy people.
Look at this beautiful declaration of his love: “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God [sanctified]. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other people… But it was because the Lord loved you…that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery,” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). (emphasis author’s)
When this cup is raised, it is done with this glorious history of relationship that God has with his chosen people: chosen, redeemed, sanctified. But those of us who are in Christ have that same privilege, for Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so you might go and bear fruit,” (John 15:16). He chose us, and then set us apart for his purposes. And Paul reminds us that we were chosen in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless [sanctified] in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:4-5). (emphasis author’s)
• Notice all the times these passages emphasize God’s love and willingness in choosing and sanctifying his people. How much do you sense that in your relationship with him?
Lord, so often I forget that you take pleasure in choosing and sanctifying me as your own. Forgive me for selling your love and purposes short. Enable me to grasp the height and depth and length and breadth of your great love!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries