Verse of the day.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
Suppose you decided to paint a masterpiece, would you finish your work and then toss it in the bin? Surely not! Why? Because you had a reason for taking time to make that painting. You had an intention, a purpose for your work. If we humans can be so purposeful, how much more God?
Our text today reveals that God’s intention for us is our sanctification. His will (pleasure) for our lives is that we should be sanctified [consecrated, holy, separated, set apart]. God chose us long before this world existed to be holy and blameless, preordaining us in love for adoption as Sons through Jesus (Ephesians 1:4-5).
But why is God so particular about this? What’s the big deal?
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness:'”
A key image and likeness of God is Holiness. This is who He is. So, when He created man to be in His image, holiness was an essential part of it. In fact, we are being sanctified when we conform to His image; from the inside out.
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This was (and is) so precious to God’s heart that His Love made Him send His Son to redeem and sanctify us a people for Him. Christ didn’t die for us to live any less than His glorious purpose for our lives. Father’s will is for us to be holy, being like Him even as Christ is. And so, every one of His dealings in and with us is channeled towards making us reflect His purpose. He lovingly orchestrates our lives, situations, times, relationships and so on, to fulfill this will.
We see how sanctification appeared before abstinence from sexual immorality; for it is a sanctified life that can abstain. Fleeing sexual immorality (in deed, words and thought) does not produce sanctification. Rather, sanctification precedes sexual purity. An attempt to shift this order will only produce either legalism or recurring frustrations.
When we realize how much God wants us to be like Him, our struggles fade, our focus is shifted, our pursuit is changed, our definition of purpose is altered. Therefore, every phase of our life is measured by this standard and anything less is tossed out the window.
God wills for us to be holy, and to be like Him even as Christ is. So, every one of His dealings in and with us is channeled towards making us like Him.Click To Tweet
Father, I know that your will for me is to be like You. You are committed to it. Sanctify me by Your truth and teach me to walk in holiness, just as Jesus did.
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