I was praying, this morning, using the Lord’s Prayer as my outline–my habit for over 30 years, now–and thinking about how I am “sanctified”.  My mind flashed back to all those years when I tried so hard to “fit in”…to be one of the “cool” crowd.  I was struggling to find my identity based on whether or not I was accepted by others.

Years later I’ve come to realize that “sanctification”–set apart for service–means I’m being shaped and molded in the image of God by Him, instead of trying to shape and mold myself into the image I thin others will accept.

There is real freedom in knowing that God has accepted me “Just as I am, without one plea”, and that is the only acceptance that really matters.  God has set me apart for His service, not so others will accept me, but so He can use me.


About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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