“Sanctifying Ourselves”

“Sanctifying Ourselves”

Friday, December 4.

“Thanks be God that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.”  Romans 6:17

Sanctification is one word that is not used very often by Christians.  We hear sermons most of the time but sanctification is not usually mentioned.  The truth is sanctification is has become an irrelevant word, but it is not an irrelevant reality.  Sanctification is like a hundred medical terms.  Nobody but doctors use them, but our life depends on the reality they stand for.  The word sanctification comes from two Latin words: Sanctus which means Holy and fiarce which means make.  So to sanctify means to make Holy. But, of course the word holy has lose its relevance today. Today, you will hear people say “holy cow” and “holy buckets.  One of the highest and most valuable words in the Bible is being ruined.” In order to live a deeper Christian life and become more closer to God, a person would have to understand what it means to live a Holy life.  A person would have to understand sanctification.

Reading the end part of Romans 15:15 Paul says, “Grace has been given to me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” From this part of the Scripture, we see that Paul in the mission field laboring for God.  His missionary labor is sanctification. Paul is aiming not only at converting people to Christ, but to help make them holy people.  In order to do so, Paul first connects obedience and sanctification. Paul points out obedience to Christ as the a step towards sanctification.  In Romans 6:17 Paul says, “Thanks be to God that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.” Being obedient to Christ is to confess our sins to Christ.  After we have confessed and have been made whole, the Holy Spirit helps us to live how God wants us to live. This is where sanctification comes in. Here, we are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. We live for Christ rejecting sin. Sin keeps us in a cage.  When we find God again, we began to set ourselves apart for what God has called us to.  Then we continue to grow from there.  Let us sanctify ourselves for the Lord.

 

Memory verse Romans 15:15