Sitting here and pondering on areas of my life where I haven’t let The Lord have His way in terms of the process of sanctification, and am asking myself, “Why?” Could it be pride? Sure. Could I be thinking that these areas of my life aren’t bad, because other people do things 1000 times worst in my eyes? Yes. Am I just at times flat out deceived and give way to my flesh? Absolutely.
This presents quite the challenge, because at times I see these conflicts, in addition to my own stubbornness, as competitors in the process of sanctification, and more times than less, they inhibit my growth. BUT, they don’t have to. Yes, sanctification can be challenging because its hard for us to surrender our fleshly desires, but God is so much bigger than that, AND HIS PRESENCE IS THE GREATEST REWARD! The reward is what keeps us going! We are being transformed into the image of His beloved Son moment by moment, and we have the assurance, as we continue to live in faith, that we will be able to enjoy this glorious reward for eternity. Christ in you, the hope of glory. As Paul said to the church of Philipi, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:12-14)
Let’s keep our eyes on the prize!
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”—1 Thessalonians 5:14-24