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Called to Sanctification

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1)

God’s work of salvation is the most beautiful picture of His glory. If we were to sum up, it would be these four words: predestination, justification, sanctification, and finally, glorification. On one end, we have predestination and justification where we see the incomprehensible grace of God in choosing undeserving sinners to be His elect and giving up His Son for them as a propitiation for their sins. On the other end, we have glorification where we will see the complete renewal and perfection of all His people and of all things.

God has accomplished our justification and God has promised our glorification. What then is in store for us, now that God has called us to sanctification? In sanctification, God continually conforms us more and more into His image. This is a process by which He teaches us, through the knowledge and application of His Word, to be separate from sin and to be holy just as He is holy.

Sanctification is a crucial part of our journey of faith. This is where God deepens our understanding of who He is, what He has accomplished for us, and how we are to live in accordance to that. When we don’t understand the significance of sanctification, this is when we also don’t have the right attitude towards it. Sanctification is God’s calling and purpose for us, thus, we must not be indifferent or unconcerned about it. Rather, we must hold it with high regard and give it our utmost commitment.

It is no wonder then why Paul instructs us about it: “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”. Having been redeemed by Christ and united with Christ, we are now commanded to live according to this. Our pattern of life must be based on our position in Christ. What God has done in predestination and justification now sets the course for our sanctification.

Dear believer, sanctification is the beautiful process by which God grows your knowledge of Him, your trust in Him, and your life’s display of His work in you. It is not an easy process, but it is definitely a rewarding and meaningful one. After all, you stand to gain more of Him and display more of Him in the process. To know Christ and to make Him known - may this be your life’s greatest pursuit.

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