Hebrews 10:10 NKJV - “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
SANCTIFIED means to be made Holy, & set apart for USE! Your level of sanctification determines the level of being used by God.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 MSG - “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.”
AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHAT WE DID FOR GOD!
Paul instructs us what sanctification consists of in the book of Romans.
Romans 12:1-2 MSG - “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
- Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering (PURPOSE).
- Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t Become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out (PASSION).
- Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (PRODUCTION)”
Your consistency with your purpose, passion, and production will determine your level of sanctification!!!
Here are 3 steps for sanctification:
1. NEVER FORGET YOUR WHY
If you want to keep your PASSION - NEVER FORGET YOUR WHY!
The secret to not losing your passion is to remember why you started serving God in the first place. Has He done anything for you? Go over how good He is and share it. You will find passion rise up in the inside of you. In the book of Revelations, John instructs Ephesus to come back to their first love. He says the secret is to do the first works! In John 2:17, Jesus clears out the temple because it was full of people that lost their passion for God and were using the church to be served instead of serving. When we have passion, nothing that we do for God is an inconvenience.
2. STAY FOCUSED ON THE MAIN GOAL
To live your PURPOSE, STAY FOCUSED ON THE MAIN GOAL!
There's always going to be distractions and endless responsibilities. Make sure that you keep your focus on the main goal. The main goal in following Jesus is to win the lost and make disciples. How are you accomplishing this in your life? Our purpose is not something we try to accomplish occasionally, it's within everything we do! Remember, your joy is full when we do for others what has been done for you.
3. DON'T QUIT
If you want to be PRODUCTIVE, then walk out the Vision God has given you and DON'T QUIT.
WHAT DID GOD SHOW YOU? - HOW ARE YOU WORKING TOWARDS IT???
Philippians 2:12-13 NLT - “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
RE-vamp your VISION! God’s vision, not yours! Refuse to be idle and work towards it. When you commit to God’s dream, He will give you Yours.
Never let discouragement steal your vision! Success belongs to those who never give up!
Remember, your set backs are a set up for a COME BACK! Let's come into sanctification by staying passionate, focused on our purpose, and becoming productive for the Kingdom.