Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thes 5:23 NKJV).
Sanctification, that is, being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ, is an ongoing process. My young friend, I am a sixty-two year old clergyman who, in spite of years of seminary training and hands-on work experience in a tough environment, still makes a mess of things from time to time. Honestly, I would have thought that, at my age, I would wake up each morning hearing a choir of angels singing as I cheerfully and faithfully prepared for the day’s duties, but in truth, there are days when I still find myself feeling petty, selfish, lustful, indulgent, and self-centered. Not very Christ-like, would you agree?
But all is not lost, for God is mercifully patient with old workhorses like me. He continues lifting me up when I am down and He opens new doors of opportunity on a daily basis. And this old guy is having fun—lots of fun—serving Jesus in full time ministry! You see, He does not wash His hands of me when I make a mess of things. Like a potter, He takes this gooey glob of human clay and tosses me back on the potters wheel and goes to work molding, shaping, and forming me. One day, I will be perfect. A work of art! A masterpiece! That’s right!
Let me refer you to Philippians 1:6. This is my life verse. When you read it, you will understand why, for when God begins a good work in the life of a believer, He sees that work through to its completion. Go look it up for yourself. In God’s economy, there will be no unfinished business.
Day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year, God is making something out of me. Oh, I may not be that much now, but in the end, God’s extreme makeover of me will be complete and I, my young friend, will be His Magnum Opus!
I am a work in process. This is sanctification. And this is yet another proof of God’s abundant goodness and mercy!