Sanctification

imageMay God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ ‭(NIV)

Read:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Consider:  When I read the verse above from 1 Thessalonians 5 it struck me that Paul was offering up a prayer for the Christians in Thessalonica.  His wish is that the church at Thessalonica (its members) should be blameless.  Is this really possible?  While total purity is not possible before we are resurrected in Christ’s presence, the church today often fails to challenge and encourage its members to live holy lives.

The verse from 1 Thessalonians tells us that it is God who sanctifies us, not us by living in a particular way.  Yet we must have a part to play by desiring to be holy.  We don’t hear too many sermons today on the topic of sanctification.  Sanctification means – to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.  Who would not want this?

Paul says: ‘May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless …’  In other words ‘may everything about you  be blameless’, ‘may there be nothing about you that you hide from God’.  There can be no separation between our secular and spiritual lives.  Everything about us should speak clearly of God, as we become more Christlike.

Pray:  Father, teach us that sanctification comes from you.  Give us a desire to be holy.  May we be set apart and consecrated for you.  Amen

Every blessing

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