It’s the question that believers everywhere ask: What is God’s will for my life?
Want to know the answer?
1 Thessalonians 4:3 tells us,
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified.”
There it is. God’s will for our life – sanctification.
Not what you were expecting or hoped? If I’m being honest the first time I read that verse and received the answer to my long awaited question, I felt a little bit deflated. I’m not sure what I was hoping for – maybe a few more details or some blinking lights with an arrow pointing me in the way I should go – but in reality, I got just that. God could not have been any clearer on His direction or call for my life.
So, then, the next question becomes, “What is sanctification?”
Sanctification is the process by which we become more and more like Christ. To be sanctified means that we are set apart, we are different.
Here’s what being set apart looks like:
- when your co-workers are indulging in a little office gossip, you don’t partake and instead counter with kind and encouraging words
- in your anger you refrain from using words that brutalize the other person
- when you’re wounded, you extend grace and forgiveness to the one who hurt you
Wrapped up in all those actions is the underlying act of obedience. Each step we take in obedience to the Lord aligns us closer and closer with His will for our life. And isn’t this our ultimate goal: to want to know Christ more and glorify Him?
Friends, may the cries of our hearts be the same as David’s when he said,
“My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” – Psalm 84:2
To know Christ intimately means that we better understand what His will is for our lives because we are being sanctified.
Don’t miss this! I want you to hang on to every word of scripture encouraging us in our pursuit of holiness because that is the only way to walk in God’s will for our lives.
Friends, know Him, be obedient to Him and in doing so you will be sanctified through and through thus ensuring you know and walk in God’s will for your life.
Day 4 Obedience Challenge: Look up the following verses and write down what you learn about sanctification and in what ways we are to be to be set apart or renewed. (Hint: some bibles may use the word “holy” in place of sanctification. Holy means to be set apart which is the same goal of sanctification)
- 1 Thessalonians 4:7
- Romans 12:2
- 2 Timothy 2:23-24
- 1 Timothy 4:7