Advocate

And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

There's a story of a statue in a little village in Italy. It's a statue of a beautiful Grecian woman.  She has a beautiful face, a graceful figure, a noble expression on her face.

One day, the story goes, a little peasant girl from that village came and stood in front of that beautiful statue. She stood and looked into the face of the statue for a long, long time. Then, she went back to her house and she washed her face and combed her hair.

She came back the next day with her face clean and her hair combed. She stood in front of that statue. She looked at it; she studied it, staring at it for a long time. And then she went back to her house, and she mended her tattered clothing so that her dress looked something more like the dress she saw on the statue.

Day by day by day, she stood in front of that statue, face to face, until eventually her expression, her posture, her figure, and her face began to match that of the statue. 

That's what Jesus Christ does for us. As we come to Him through His Word and through prayer, day by day, and hold ourselves up in front of Him, He shows us who He is. He shows us who we are, and He transforms us more and more into His image so that we can show Him to the world around us.

The Word of God tells us that when you make a faith decision to share Jesus Christ with others and to honor Him in your life, that God Himself will be your advocate. His grace will empower you to show Christ in your life.

Paul says, “I commend you to God.” That word commend means to place something before. 

He says, “I am placing you before God.  I'm placing you before the Word of His grace, because I know that His grace will do three things:

1.     His grace will build you up.  He'll build you up to be more and more like Jesus. 

2.     His grace will give you an inheritance.  He's going to give you an inheritance in Christ because of His grace. 

3.     And then thirdly, His grace will sanctify you to give you the inheritance “among all those who are sanctified.”

To be sanctified means to become more and more like Jesus. Jesus never leaves anything unfinished, and when you decide, by faith, to say, “Lord, I want to show You in my life.  I want my life to point others to You,” then God will be your advocate, and God will be your helper so that you can become more and more like Jesus.