29 Jan Sanctification
“You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” Leviticus 20:26.
The process of being made holy or being sanctified is a necessary one in the life of a true christian. The ultimate goal of a genuine follower of Jesus Christ should be to resemble Him, to love what He loves, to hate what He hates, to have His character, to be His reflection in this world. As we walk closely with Him, as we spend time with Him, as we get to know His heart, we gradually get transformed and we start seeing life and the world as He sees it. But make no mistake, it’s a long and hard journey, one that takes patience, one that takes divine power, one that takes a willing, diligent, intentional and committed person, who understands the reward beyond the suffering.
The process might look different for each believer but at the core, the main idea is for believers to be transformed and to become more like Jesus Christ. For instance, when I first got saved, I had a supernatural encounter with The Holy Spirit and it radically changed pretty much everything about my life. The very next day I was a whole new person. I almost couldn’t relate to the old version of me because of the work that God had done in me in such a short period of time of encountering Him. But that is not generally what happens to most people. For most people, the process of renewing the mind and conforming to the version of ourselves the Bible teaches about, is a daily battle. Some people, when they convert to christianity, unfortunately, they don’t leave their old ways immediately. It takes more time, more work, more Bible studies and more hangouts with mature believers, which is a wonderful thing.
As long as you are making an effort to be better every day in the areas of your life where you might be still struggling as a christian you are on the right track. If you make it a point to spend time with The Lord, to seek His counsel, to get to know His heart by reading His Word, to know what pleases Him and actually practice it then you will live a thriving and abundant life for which Your Saviour died for.
A lot of christians ask “silly” questions (excuse my language), such as: is drinking a sin, is kissing a guy you are not married to a sin, is dancing to secular music wrong? Etc. Obviously, studying the scriptures and asking The Holy Spirit for revelations is the best way to get accurate answers for all these questions but sometimes people claim that there is not a clear, detailed coverage on the subject matter in the Bible, to which I say: spend time with God. He will convict you, He will reveal His position on a specific topic that doesn’t seem to make sense to you, He will make sense of it for you, personally. God wants a personal relationship with you, He wants to reveal Himself to you as an individual. Although, there are collective rules and commands that are plainly stated in the Bible for every believer to follow, with no exceptions but there are things where you would need revelations straight from God, and because God knows you, He knows your personality, He knows your heart, He created you, therefore He will give you the answer based on who He knows you to be. The reason why it is important to put an emphasis on this, is because someone else might get a different revelation on the same issue. Again, spending time with God will play a huge part in your sanctification, your purification as a believer. He will open your eyes to see things the way He sees them and you will begin to adjust your life accordingly with the help of The Holy Spirit. Even something as simple as raising your voice while having a disagreement or an argument with someone will begin to feel wrong as you spend time with a Holy God. But the point is not to make you feel ashamed or guilty, the point is to recognize and discern wrong from right, repent and do better next time. That’s how we grow and develop in our Christian walk.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”. 2Corinthians 3:18.
My challenge to you today, if you are a Christian reading this post, please make it your daily mission to spend at least one full hour with God every day. I promise you, it will change your life for the better.