Saved but not Sanctified.
St. John 17:17 ESV: Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
A student at the reception of his admission letter will be glad and celebrate with friends and family. A father will be glad and celebrate the arrival of a new baby. So also one who just bought his first car will be so happy and will be celebrated.
Celebrations occur at the point of reception of valuable things. There is joy in heaven over one who gives his life to Christ. He is joyous and celebrated (Lk. 15:10).
There is a popular saying among the Yorubas, “It is easier to marry than to feed the family.” This adage applies to most of us modern day Christians. We don’t care about working on our salvation to secure it (Phil. 2:12).
For an undergraduate to be certified a graduate, he will have to attend lectures, write tests, write exams and engage in other things that will later qualify him as a graduate. The student can’t continue to pose with the admission letter and begin to seek a job with it.
It’s so sad that most of us Christians after salvation, sit back, relax and think that’s the end. We think Christ is coming back for a student who is not attending lecture, who avoids C.A. tests and exams. Where did we get it wrong?
Like a student of the Word, we must study to gain God’s approval. 2 Timothy 2:15 MSG: Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. After seeking knowledge, you must pass it down to others too.
As knowledge is progressive so also Sanctification is progressive that’s why a Christian who wants to be pure, holy and chaste must constantly study the word of God which is the truth.
If you soil your hands with grime. Water on its own cannot make you clean. The water here is the salvation but you need the constant application of the soap which is the word of God to clean your hands. It’s the word that will help you break the habits of sin.
Are you approved by God as a sanctified Christian or you are just saved?
Muse: Your sinful habits like Grimes won’t clean until you apply the soap of the word.
Let us pray: Father, help me to discipline myself in studying your word.