Good morning. Welcome to church. I am excited to be able to do what I love this morning and proclaim the truth of God’s word. Nothing on earth has the ability to give me more joy than to read scripture and be challenged to live for Christ. Today, we will be looking at a passage that should change our lives if we take it seriously. It’s my desire that the Holy Spirit would do a tremendous work in us and sanctify us even more.
The word sanctify comes from the Greek word hagiazo. This word has a meaning of being “set apart” or “separated.” Nobody was more set apart from the world than Christ himself. In other words, if we are to be sanctified the end goal is to become the image of Jesus. Sanctification does not come at salvation, but comes through a process of conforming ourselves to the image of Christ after we have been redeemed.
If we are to conform ourselves to the image of Christ, then we must know Christ. We have a level of responsibility to be disciplined in our spiritual lives. Discipline is something that we have to learn. The most disciplined people in our lives had to learn how to be disciplined. A baby is not born with discipline.