“For God did not call us to be impure, but to love a holy life.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7
We’ve all experienced a baby’s first steps. Whether it was our own child, a brother or sister, a niece or nephew or maybe even a viral video online. It’s a beautiful sight to see someone who has never walked before, take those first few awkward steps. But it is not as cute if a grown man would post a video of himself walking a few steps. Why? Because the reason the baby’s steps are monumental and the man’s steps are not, is because of the growth and progress associated. There are two often misinterpreted biblical doctrines that we all experience as believers. Firstly, justification. Simply put, justification speaks of God declaring people righteous before Him. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection and faith in that work, we are not guilty; justified! It is a one-time event. Sanctification, however, is the journey to becoming holy, it’s a process. A sometimes painful one. Why? Because we’re so far from it! As Paul says, God has called us to live a holy life, a pure life. Sanctification is His process to grow us to conform into the image of Jesus. In other words, every follower of Jesus has a next step. Our perfection won’t come until we see Jesus face to face; so there is always a next step to take!
“Where is God working on you right now in your sanctification process? What is your next step?”