After the event we call salvation (born again, redemption) God wants to begin within each of us a process called sanctification. This involves each of us ridding ourselves of sin and allowing God to change us. The result of this process is that we will be more Christ-like in our actions, attitudes, desires and motives.
Our part in this process is to make a life-long series of decisions to stop doing certain things and start doing other things. It involves both omission and commission. God’s part is to give us the wisdom and courage to make the proper choices. He is always faithful to do his part if we want Him to and allow it.
Both our worship of God and our service to God are impaired by a lack of sanctification.
There are several Biblical examples of people who were faced with specific things that had to be cleansed from their life before sanctification could take place.
For Gideon it was fear....Judges 7 For David it was lust....2 Samuel 11 For Peter it was rashness....Luke 22 For Zacchaeus it was greed....Luke 19 For Nicodemus it was religion....John 3 For Paul it was tradition and pride....Acts 9 For Martha it was domestic business....Luke 10 For the rich, young ruler it was money....Matt 19 For Jonah it was intolerance and bigotry....Jonah 4
Before we can become a person God will richly bless and effectively use in his service, we must allow the Holy Spirit to carry out the sanctifying process in our lives.
What needs to be added or subtracted in your life in order for you to become more sanctified?