Herein Is My Father Glorified – Part 6

Our sanctification sets us apart for God’s use. It is the process of cleaning us up, washing us, purging our iniquities to make us pure and habitable for a Holy God.

Some will jump out and insist, “But God lives in me. His Spirit entered into me when I became a Christian.” Yes, but where does He live in you? In your spirit alone? Is He over in the corner where you let Him have a little space? Is He confined to the Spirit He placed in you or has your whole person, mind, body, soul and spirit been given over and made ready for Him?

God was never meant to be restrained from His sanctifying work by your unwillingness to prepare the whole house. God wants to infiltrate and possess your soul — your mind, your heart, your will. He wants to inhabit your body as well. He is waiting for you to give Him these places to live. You have the key and you lock out His access if you do not lay them open and bare willingly and determinedly. He stands at the door and knocks.

Now you know as well as I that you would never entertain an important guest in your home without some diligent cleaning and thoughtful preparations. For God to come to your house today requires nothing more, and nothing less than the offering of Zachaeus. He cleaned the whole house when he confessed his need and repented thus inviting and making God welcome to come in.

This cleaning and preparing of your dwelling place is called sanctification. We are at once already saved by our calling and justification through the blood of Christ, now we are also being saved through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in concert with our will to be sanctified (yes you participate in this), and we shall yet be saved and made ready for our glorification, the revealing of God in Christ in us.

Our salvation is a state of being (justification), a process (sanctification) and a hope to be realized (glorification).

We are sanctified by the truth, by the word of God and prayer, by the Holy Spirit, by Christ in each other, and most assuredly by the finished work of Jesus Christ through our Redemption. See for yourselves:

John 17:19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

I Timothy 4:5: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Romans 15:16: That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

I Corinthians 7:14: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

Hebrews 10:10: By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

So how does sanctification take place? You submit yourself to the the Truth, the Word, to prayer, to the Holy Spirit, to Christ in one another, and by faith to the finished work of Christ. It is a faith deal whereby you quit living your own life for your own agenda to fulfill your own desires. You quit you, you die in a very real sense. You lay your life down, a living sacrifice.

You stop trying and start trusting, stop doing and start waiting, stop thinking and start seeking, stop planning and start following, stop reasoning and start obeying, stop wanting and start loving. Not pretend love but Real Love.

Ah, there it is. Love, sincere desire to please and lay down your life for the welfare of the other, not considering your Self. You need to get real with God. You need to stop allowing your Self to believe what it wants you to believe and stop seeking your own will and self-promotion. In other words, get real. Love the Lord you God, with all your mind, heart, body, soul and strength.

Following is a dialog between Velveteen the Rabbit and The Skin Horse taken from the Children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It hints at getting real. We all need to get Real with God:

The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child [insert God here] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

When you know God’s love, really know Him, you become real. But you can’t become real if you keep Him out of the house. Get real with God. He is always Real with you.

Herein is my Father glorified.