What does it mean to be sanctified?

Sanctify means to “set apart” for a special person or purpose.  In the Old Testament, those who served as priests or Levites in the service of the tabernacle they were set apart and dedicated to God for this purpose.  When prophets came to appoint kings, they would do so by the anointing of oil.  The king’s function was to rule and lead the people in the ways of God.

Samuel was a prophet who was set apart and dedicated to the work of the Lord and his mother Hannah  made good on her promise to God to lend him to the Lord all the days of his life especially in his growing up years.  He was dedicated and sanctified set apart for this purpose.

The women especially understand this truth by setting apart their best china plates for special occasions.  They do not use their best china for their everyday use.

We as believers are chosen by God for a specific purpose as well.  We have been given faith to believe.  We have turned our back on sin and begin to live a life for God’s glory and for His divine purpose.  We are not to defile or contaminate ourselves with the filth of this world.  We have been set apart (sanctified – made holy) by the precious blood of Christ by God the Father Himself.  Knowing that, we also willingly separate ourselves from all defilement of this world.  We have been made children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul, in speaking to a young minister Timothy used the sanctifying process in an illustration of a person being enlisted into military service saying, No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.

Remember, sanctification is a two-way street.  God has set you apart.  You, too must set yourself apart for Him!