1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will do it!
As I read the words of Paul to the church at Thessalonica, I had two parts that stood out to me.
1. The goal of our lives is to be sanctified completely.
Sanctified?? What does that even mean?
The definition of sanctify is “to set apart as holy” or “purify”. As Christians, our lives are to reflect a growing in holiness. This isn’t a super popular topic. It requires us to be aware of what we let into our minds. It requires us to be aware of our sin. Not only that, it also requires that we confess our sin to God and deal with it. It calls us to be conformed to the image of Christ and deny ourselves.
Why? So we can be “kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. That’s when we see Him face to face!! 2 Timothy 2:15 says to “be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed”. Wow. That’s convicting!
We cannot live life on autopilot and expect to grow in sanctification. It demands discipline and effort. A lot of which, I lack.
So are you ready for the GOOD NEWS?!
2. It’s not up to YOU!
Look at verse 24 with me. “HE who calls you is FAITHFUL; HE WILL do it”.
God WILL sanctify you completely!! He will keep your “whole spirt, soul and body sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. He is faithful!! He did not call you out of your mess just to leave you again.
God only requires your faith and your heart! Does this mean you are void of all responsibility? Absolutely not! The point here is that the weight of being perfect doesn’t fall on you.
When you struggle, go to God and tell Him! He is a good Father and faithful to not only listen, but also act!
If you lack discipline or struggle with sin, talk to Him! In our weakness, He shows up. You weren’t meant to do this alone. This is not religion. This is relationship and you have a good, merciful, faithful, loving Father.
When I read these verses, I pulled out a prayer. “Sanctify me completely”.
Is that your prayer?
If it is, you can trust the promise afterwards! He is faithful, He will do it!!
If you are a child of God, you can trust that everything in your life has purpose and is apart of your sanctification process.
with lots of sanctifying left to do,