Sanctification is a long journey, isn’t it? We’re a messy, work-in-progress as believers—which oddly enough, we tend to accept—yet we don’t like to accept the timing of it all. We tend to like things to happen quickly. As Christians, we’re very much aware of our faults, but we don’t want to trudge the winding, dusty road of spiritual growth—more like, we want to sprint down it as quickly as possible.
Similar to a body builder in the gym, we want the end result of toned definition, without having to put in the exhausting and often painful work of building muscle.
Unfortunately, in regards to both the gym and our hearts, it just doesn’t work that way.
By definition, sanctification means “set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work, and to make holy or sacred.” God has set us apart as His children for His special purposes that bring Him glory, that work for our good and for the good of the Kingdom. He’s drawing us closer to Him, all while shaping and molding our hearts, and preparing us for eternity in Heaven.
Here is some encouragement for when this process feels slow because, yeah—it’s going to take a while.
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