SANCTIFYING OURSELVES FOR GOD’S PURPOSE
When the devil cannot discourage us with the presence of evil in this world, he will also try to discourage or frustrate us regarding our lives for Christ. Christianity is about God’s two fold redemptive purpose to save those who are lost (1 Tim 2:3-6) and conform those who are saved into the likeness of His Son (Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18).
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time (1 Tim 2:3-6 NIV).
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (Rom 8:29).
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Cor 3:18).
We must learn the discipline it takes to patiently pursue holiness in our lives for the eternal purpose of God. We must persevere not for our own glory but for the glory of God according to His purpose. Just as Christ sanctified Himself according to God’s purpose for the benefit of others, so we too must sanctify ourselves for the sake of others (John 17:17-20). The kingdom is a process in our lives, and we would do well to patiently seek the purpose for which God called us into the kingdom of the Son that He loves; that is redemption!