I recently sat in on a sermon series at my church that talked about sanctification. I had heard the word before but never truly knew what it meant. The definition of sanctification is “the act of making something holy”. As I sat, listening to these sermons, I realized that becoming sanctified is one of the greatest processes we could go through. God is always working within us to make us more like Him but I had never thought of sanctification as being that important process.
Another thing I learned about sanctification is that it doesn’t solely benefit us but it also benefits others as well. When we become more like Jesus, others see the change in us and start asking questions. What a great way to plant a seed of faith. But there was one major thought that came to mind when I finished this series. Every year I focus on making myself better through new years resolutions. I set goals in every aspect of my life, try to set new habits and end up failing. By the end of each year, I am frustrated and planning new resolutions I am not sure will even happen.
So what if I look at 2021 differently? Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions, why not set Sanctification goals, work hard in those spots and let God do the rest? If God is the one working in our lives then me trying to do all of the change will always end up as a failing year. If I let God do the work in my life and change me the way He wants to change me, I will become a better, stronger individual. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- My goals of growth are not always God’s goals of growth. Sometimes the things I want to focus on in my life are not the things that God wants to change in me. We always set these end goals of how our life should work, but often times, God has a different plan for our life. When we try to set our own goals that don’t line up with God’s, it is no wonder we fail over and over.
- Sanctification doesn’t happen overnight. Often times, we think that we can just be fixed overnight but the reality is, it takes time. If the process of sanctification was easy, no one would struggle in life; we would all be perfect.
- The process of sanctification can be painful. Changing is never easy and sometimes, when God wants us to change something that we do not want to change, there can be resistance that is painful. Let God work in your life. In the end, it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever done.
- Just because you mess up doesn’t mean God isn’t still working in you. We all mess up and even God knows that. When we mess up, just pick ourselves up again and move forward. Stopping is not an option.
2020 has been a rough year for all of us and I know we would all like to start out fresh, but keep in mind, as you plan for next year, that the process of sanctification is a very important part of our lives as Christians.