Today I am thankful that His grace is Sanctifying.
I use the word sanctification a lot. It’s pretty much my favorite word in the Christianese language. Sanctification is defined as the process by which we are made holy. Sanctifying grace is the divine life that infused the believer’s soul at justification and, through the spirit of adoption, transforms the sinner into a holy child of God. With the belief of a divine Sonship comes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Sanctifying grace remains permanently in the soul as long as one does not reject one’s adopted sonship. (Thank you Wikipedia. )
And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32
Daily we are presented with challenges. Some mom in a minivan cuts us off in the parking lot at school. A lady at church just rubs us the wrong way because of her haughtiness. Your husband turns into a four-year old because someone drank the last of the coconut milk and he needs to make a protein shake– hypothetically speaking, of course. These occurrences are not by accident. Have you ever heard the whole ‘road less traveled’ thing. It’s really not easy following Christ. The enemy sees us as a threat so he uses people around us to try to make us sin. And on the flip side, nothing is a surprise for God and His grace. He knows the area of your heart that needs the most work. So sometimes he puts these challenges in front of us to teach us about Him. Do we react to that minivan mom with a heavy-handed horn honk or simply smile and wave? Do we brush off the snooty lady or do we listen to her and build her up because we see that she is hurting and has a deeply rooted cause for her self-righteousness? Do we kindly submit and repent to the hot-tempered husband and apologize for using all the coconut milk and offer to figure out a solution to solve the problem?
I like to think of His sanctifying grace as tough love. It may be painful, but He is teaching us to draw into him and be more like him in all situations.