Sanctification Rejects the Status Quo

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Humanity’s state of sin…

Our brokenness…

Being outwardly obsessed, but inwardly blind…

Failing to hear the cry of the needy…

Ignoring the voice crying out from the wilderness…

Judgment that condemns…

Perpetuating evil…

Refusing to let grace penetrate…

Inequality and injustice…

Becoming numb to suffering of others…

Rejecting reconciliation…

For all these things, God came to us.  God has been working tirelessly to transform us, granting grace at every turn.  While we turn away to seek what feels good and grants instant gratification, Christ calls us back to the well of life, to find the fullness that only the Lord can provide.  Sanctification, the process of being made holy by the work of God’s grace and the movement of the Holy Spirit, rejects the way things are, because they do not fully reflect the glory of God and the love of God for all people.  Sanctification seeks to go on to perfection in love, growing beyond the here and now.  It is the means by which God changes the world by first changing the people who dwell upon it.  There is so much more to discover in God’s will for us, and so much more to become to others, for them.  We cannot stop and declare that we are done, that we have gone as far as we are willing to go.  Never at any point did Jesus Christ stop on the way to Golgotha.  He took that cross all the way up the hill and to the end of his own life, to pay the debt we incur with our sin.  So we cannot throw up our hands and walk away, content with what is right now, because no matter how good it is, it is not the fullness of the Kingdom of God.

So when the days come and we are discouraged, dejected, and downright exhausted from the labor of love, we can stop to rest, but not resign.  If God had taken that stance with us, then we would still dwell in darkness, and evil would consume us in pain and suffering even more overwhelming than it is in its current state.  We can recognize our weakness and our ineffectiveness, but then we turn ourselves over to the only power capable of transforming sin from an eternal death sentence into the gateway to grace.  We must entrust ourselves into this process that is bigger than ourselves, this transforming relationship with God that drives us deeper in faith and discipleship.  To be made holy is the greatest honor, for it is to reflect God outwardly while embodying God inwardly.  Who are we that we should be granted such an honor?  We are those loved beyond human reason, and those valued beyond material worth.  We are those that God looks upon and sees beyond our sin, deeper than our depravity.  God sees potential, and then moves to make it emerge, until one day we open our eyes and wonder how we ever became something capable of being a vessel of love, a means of grace to others.  But that can and will only happen when we reject the way things are to yearn for what might be, and then journey forward, following the light of Christ into uncharted territory in order to actualize it.  Sanctification is to leave the status quo behind, and enact the will of the one who hears the cries, sees the suffering, and refuses to let them continue.  If that is God’s way, then it must become ours, too.  That is what sanctification is all about.

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