My heart can be, and should be, totally set aside for God’s will and purposes

A Saintly Crew
Through and Through – Part 2

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As we continue looking at God’s sanctifying work in our lives, please note the careful wording describing the work: through and through.  We Nazarenes call this “entire sanctification.”  This term does not mean that we believe we are perfect in our daily performance as a Christ follower; there is plenty of room for spiritual growth in all of us.  What it does mean, in our understanding, is that God’s work is thorough work.  My heart can be, and should be, totally set aside for God’s will and purposes.  My intent is to totally be at God’s disposal every day.  My intent is to never grieve Him with any disobedience.  My heart is so surrendered—so captured—by His great love, I want nothing to do with sinful behavior.  I want my entire spirit, soul and body to glorify Him.

This verse reminds me that I cannot do this work through sheer determination.  This work of entire sanctification is the work of the “God of peace” in me.  My part is to totally trust God’s character so I get to the point where I sincerely surrender my life to Him.  I come to a determination that I will obey, even when I don’t understand. I will say no to ungodliness even when my flesh cries out for satisfaction.  I, as the Apostle Paul said, will beat my body down, making it a slave to the Spirit of God that lives in me (1 Corinthians 9:27).  It is at this point that God takes over and sanctifies me entirely!

Father, I trust you and what you want for me.  I give you my life; every breath that I have left is yours to do as you will.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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