1 Thessalonians 4:3 Now this is God’s will for you: set yourselves apart and live holy lives; (VOICE)
I've heard it so many times. "I have faith,"; "I'm good with God,"; "Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ,"; or some variation of the same claim. I have done the same thing myself.
I recall as a teenager, making the same declaration with self-righteous arrogance.
Not long after I had visited a friend's church, a "visitation team" arrived at our door. While one man maneuvered my mother into a private counseling session in the kitchen, the other two men were interrogating my brother and me in the next room. - Or that's what it felt like. I'm sure they believed they acting in obedience, but what they did may have turned another away from God.
I had all the right answers to the stranger's questions. "Yes, I am saved and am going to heaven when I die. Jesus is my Lord and Savior." (He wasn't going to trap me.) I was sure of what I told him. Looking back, however, I've wondered which was stronger - my faith or my determination to shut the man down.
My faith was genuine, but it was far from mature. I didn't know about sanctification much less its role in my walk of faith.
Am I willing to be "myself," and nothing more - no friends, no father, no brother, no self-interest - simply ready for death? That is sanctification. ~ Oswald Chambers
Nearly 30 years later, as I lay at death's doorstep (figuratively and literally), I realized that I truly was "ready for death." I cherish the gift of that moment of absolute assurance - and of the ability to share it with others.
When I pray - "Lord, show me what sanctification means for me," He will show me. It means being made one with Jesus. Sanctification is not something Jesus Christ puts into me: it is Himself in me. ~ Oswald Chambers
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus