Sanctification isn’t just about setting boundaries or safeguards around sin. It isn’t just about not drinking, cursing, or yelling. You can’t just dress modestly, and avoid watching Rated R movies or listening to mainstream music. It’s not enough to just show up to service and sunday school once a week or joining a small group.
Friend, sanctification is not simply controlling your behavior so you look holy, it is about God changing your heart so that you become holy.
And the truth is:
- Sanctification is inconvenient.
- Sanctification is painful.
- Sanctification SUCKS.
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And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, “They are my people’” and they will say, ‘”The Lord is my God.’”Zechariah 13:9 English Standard Version
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.2 Timothy 2:21 English Standard Version
Big Picture Take Away
Yes, sanctification sucks, and spiritual growth is messy, but each time God turns the heat up on your heart and draws out the impurities, He is preparing you to be molded into a holy vessel that He can use for good works.
So celebrate the suck. It’s worth it.
Need More Help?
Just because sanctification is something we each go through personally, it doesn’t mean we have to go through it alone. If you are not already in a relationship with another Christian woman with whom you can be honest about your spiritual life, I urge you to find one. Not someone who will judge you for your sin struggles or who tells you that your sin isn’t that big of a deal and to not worry about it.
Find someone who can truly walk with you. Who cheers for you when you have a breakthrough and who lifts you up when you have a breakdown. Have a conversation with this person and invite her into your spiritual life. Let her know what you are struggling with, ask her for encouragement and give her permission to point out when and where you can do better.
Real accountability is not meant to condemn you, but to commend you for your desire to be more like Jesus. And if you don’t have a person like this already, start praying that God would bring a female friend into your life.
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