Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Cost of Sanctification

The Cost of Sanctification
May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:23

When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? "For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . ." ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God.

Are we prepared to be caught up into the full meaning of Paul’s prayer in this verse? Are we prepared to say, "Lord, make me, a sinner saved by grace, as holy as You can"? Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him, just as He is one with the Father (see John 17:21-23 ). The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us?
So one of my addictions to the world is shopping. i really enjoy the entire experience. from trying on clothes to picking which one to buying it then i relish its new smell while wearing it.
but these last two weeks i think God has been telling me that i have too much stuff. which is true. from verses like Hebrews 13:5
"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He is telling me to stop loving the world.
I keep asking Him for strength to give it up, but I think He did give me the strength. I must submit everything to Him first. Then I'll be able to joyfully give it up without ever looking back because He is so much worthier.
Going to a conference this weekend. I have a feeling I should make this decision myself before going so that He won't have to rebuke me about this:( aish, I could use some fresh fire.

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