Our theme for this month: “The Gift of Being Yourself”
Our Bible verse for today: “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are in the process of being sanctified by God.”
When we talk about simply relaxing and enjoying who you are and of being comfortable in your own skin, that’s a lot easier to do if “who you are” is someone who really has something going on, someone who has a reason to feel good about themselves.
On the physical side of things, it helps if you make an effort to take care of yourself. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, and change your underwear everyday and you will probably feel a lot better about yourself than if your clothes are dirty, your teeth are green, and the birds have built a nest in your hair. Take care of yourself.
But what really makes a difference in how we feel about ourselves is the change that God works in us spiritually. Theologians refer to this as “the process of sanctification”. “Sanctification” is a fifty-cent theological word that simply means “to set apart and make holy for sacred use”. As a child of God you have been “set apart and made holy for God”.
Sanctification occurs in three stages. At the moment of salvation you are set apart for God by the Holy Spirit. Then throughout the rest of your life God molds you and shapes you – transforming you spiritually into the person He wants you to be. Then one day in heaven you will be fully sanctified and you will be the person you will be for the rest of eternity.
The more you cooperate with God in the ongoing process of sanctification now, the more spiritual transformation you will experience. And the more spiritual transformation you experience, the more settled, serene, and content you will be. God is in the process of molding and shaping you into that person. All you need to do is cooperate with Him. The more you apply yourself to the basic disciplines of the Christian life such as prayer, Bible study, group worship, memorizing Bible verses, acts of service, etc, the more you will be placing yourself in a position before God whereby He can continue to change you into the spiritual person He wants you to be.
If you want to become increasingly comfortable with yourself – more satisfied with who you are and with who you are becoming, the ongoing process of sanctification is your ticket. Nothing will have a deeper or more profound impact on you than being transformed spiritually by God. Yesterday I wrote of how I admire people who are quietly confident with their identity in Christ – people who know they have nothing to prove to others; people who are serene, settled, confident, and content. Well, this is how they became that way. They are sanctified in Christ. They have been transformed.
Sanctification is such an important topic that we will need to continue thinking about it tomorrow, because there is nothing you can do that will have a greater impact on how you feel about yourself than fully cooperating with God in the transformation He is bringing about in your life.