1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NIV
Sanctification is the process of being made holy or set apart for God. Paul is writing to remind us to be just that, Set Apart For God! Like the age that Paul lived in was similar to the situation in which we are living today. There are so many things that are trying to make us forget we, as Christians, have been made holy. Furthermore, it is our duty to daily focus on doing what is God’s will, which is to be more like Jesus. In this day and age, we are going to be tempted to do things that are against God’s will. Paul talks about sexual immorality additionally the verse says we should control our body in a way that is holy and honorable. Since we have Jesus living in us, are we living our lives in that manner? Even though we were saved the moment we made a decision to accept Jesus as our Lord, sanctification is a life-long process. What can I do to work on sanctification?
John 17:17 states, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” I need to be in God’s Word more. God’s Word is a mirror that looks deep into our souls and brings light to the areas of our life that need His healing and cleansing. I know there are still a bunch of areas that need cleansing and sanctification. Therefore, by being in the Word daily, I allow God to work on those areas.
Additionally, there are going to be daily temptations and dealing with them is crucial. By being in the Word and letting verses remind me of who I am in Christ and that He is living within me will help me to avoid those temptations. I may be tempted to work rather than rest, but I need to remember God’s Sabbath rest is vital in my life. I may be tempted to yell at my kids, but the Bible tells me to remember my kids are gifts from God. I need to let these verses be my shield of faith.
Jesus, thank you for your Grace that washes over my dark areas and sanctifies me. I choose to allow you to come into my heart and life and to sanctify areas that need your touch. Thank you for not being ashamed of me and the ugliness I have in me. Thank you for wanting to come into my heart and body to do your work, that I may be more like you every day. I love you! Amen!