My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
God has called us in Sanctification
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.
(1 Thessalonians 4:7 NASB)
So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
(1 Thessalonians 4:8 NASB)
The purpose of the Christian life is to become like Christ and this
is the result of sanctification. It is not the work of humans, but the
work of the Holy Spirit within each and every single one of us.
Therefore, we are not called to be impure people, but to be God's holy
people. If we refuse to listen to this message, we are not rejecting
the one who brings the message, but instead, we are rejecting God who
has called us all to be pure and sanctified through the Holy Spirit whom
he sent to us.
Too many people don't like that word sanctification, and nor do
they like the idea of living a life of purity. Why? One reason seems
to be because sanctification was, at one point and time, associated with
a legalistic set of rules, as if following a proscribed set of actions
would make one pure. That is where we have distorted the message, and
in the distortion we have made excuses for our own behavior. Somehow we
have determined that "it is only human" to be impure. Therefore, when
we do things that we should not do -- it is okay because it is human
nature to not be perfect. Actually true human nature is made in the
image of God and is a "perfect" reflection of him. It is fallen
humanity that no longer looks like Christ, but lives in sin. Therefore,
to be "only human" means that we would look like Christ. To use this
excuse means that we think that God's norm for humanity is fallen,
sinful and corrupted humanity. The message of sanctification is not the
message of a task-master, but a message of hope for all of God's
children that they may all once again be restored to the true humanity
which God intended in his creation. Why would God want us to continue
to languish in our sinful selves? He doesn't, which is why his desire
for each and every one of us is a life of purity, made possible by the
power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
When we push back against the idea of sanctification, we are pushing
back against God himself. He did not call us to a life of purity,
without giving us the power to live a pure life! That's not the kind of
God that we serve. Every day of our life journey is one in which the
transforming power of God's Holy Spirit can draw us closer and closer to
the original Image of God, Jesus Christ himself, and in drawing closer
we become a clearer reflection of who he is. This is real humanity,
with the image of Christ stamped on each and every one of us, through
the power of the Holy Spirit making us a crystal clear reflection.
Don't buy into the "only human" excuses, but seek the face of Christ
every single day of your life and allow the sanctifying work of God's
Holy Spirit to work in and through you leading you to a life of purity
Lord, today and every day may I keep my eyes fixed on you and may your sanctifying work continue daily. Amen.