1 Thessalonians 4.1
“Finally, then, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” ESV
It is difficult to be a detail oriented person. Seriously it is. You scrutinize everything, pouring over the most miniscule aspect of whatever project you are working on and in the end you can’t help but feel like you missed something. The margin for error in our humanity is just too high, even with the most modern technology, imperfection and falling short of completion is something that we’ve all experienced at various times in our lives.
To complete a well constructed design, one must spend countless hours in preparation and manufacturing for that finished product to be produced.
If this is a principle that we understand in the classroom, and workplace then why are we so quick to forget it when it comes to our walk as a follower of Christ.
Over and again scripture reminds us that we are being sanctified as believers...verse 3 of the passage quoted above in fact:
1 Thessalonians 4.3
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification”
The term sanctification can be used to refer to objects which are set apart for special purposes, but the most common use within Christian theology is in reference to the change brought about by God in a believer, begun at the point of salvation or justification and continuing throughout the life of the believer.
Returning to the detailed oriented person...let us look upon our Savior as the detail oriented sanctifier. You see He doesn’t have a lack in ability to complete us, no shortage of power to either create new aspects or fix broken articles...rather just trouble with the “stubborn substance” that He is working with. Us. That’s us.
Getting saved is just the beginning...the process of refining us is ongoing throughout our lives and will result in the praise and glory and honor of our blessed Savior Jesus. (1 Peter 1.6-9)
So what is it I want to encourage you with this week? My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, you know how God has called you to walk in a manner that pleases Him, do it…
….and do not cease to do it. - Pastor Mike
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” - 1 Thessalonians 5.23-25
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” - Philippians 1.6