Encouragement for your daily walk with God
In both the Old and New Testaments we are told to be holy [Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16]. “You shall be holy, for I am holy” is an overwhelming command, isn’t it? But that is the Lord’s ultimate goal for each of us — to make us holy. His plan can be summed up in one word: sanctification. Our sanctification is not a one-step, instant process. It takes place throughout our lives. It starts at the time of our spiritual birth and ends when we meet the Lord face to face.
Sanctification begins the moment we are saved. That’s when God declares us to be righteous; positionally holy. After that, we progressively grow and become more and more in our walk like we are in our position. That process continues as long as we remain on this earth. Paul called that conforming “to the image of His [God’s] Son” [Romans 8:29]. That’s the process of cooperating with God so that we aren’t squeezed into the world’s mold [Romans 12:2].
The final step in our sanctification occurs at our death or the Lord’s coming. Then we will be absolutely holy because our soul will be freed from our fallen bodies, perfect — faultless and spotless — before Christ.
If we could get just a glimpse of that, it would silence the moaning and groaning about the difficult process of sanctification that we endure now. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is preparing an eternal home for each of us. That is a great motivation to glorify God as we submit to Him in the sanctification process.
I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Leviticus 11:44