“Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies.” Leviticus 20:8
What is sanctification? I asked myself the very same question after hearing a sermon on this topic. So I grabbed my bible and looked up the word in my concordance and dictionary to find out more.
Sanctification is the process of being conformed (be similar, adapt oneself to new or different conditions) to the image of God, through the work of the Holy Spirit. The process begins immediately after conversion and continues throughout a christian’s life.
Basically, sanctification is the process of becoming more and more like God every single day. During small group time in a girls bible study my mom taught through our church, my small group leader shared an awesome example of sanctification.
Have you ever seen the movie “Princess Diaries”? If you haven’t, I’ll give you some background: A teenage girl named Mia finds out that her grandmother is the queen of a kingdom, therefore she is the heir to the throne. Her grandma must then teach her how to act like a princess; cross her ankles when she sits, use the right fork for eating salad, hold a fan the proper way, and on and on…
Even though Mia is ALREADY a princess, she must now learn how to ACT like one.
It’s the same with sanctification.
We are ALREADY children of God.
Sanctification isn’t about BECOMING God’s child.
Once we accept Jesus, we are God’s children.
No matter how good or bad we are, that will never change.
But we must learn to ACT like God’s children.
That is sanctification.
Every so often Mia will forget the princess ways and turn back to old habits. Just as we forget that we are made holy and pure by God, and then turn back to sin. We will never be perfect until we get to heaven, but we can always honor and obey God more.
We have been made in God’s image, now we must live up to that standard of holiness by reading the Bible daily and allowing God to work in our hearts.