For ages, this has been the question of every generation: “How do I know God’s will for my life?” The Bible answers that in a word – sanctification. Paul wrote, “This is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me, but whether it’s really my will. Am I willing to let God do in me all that he wants? That is the way to know his blessed will.
Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let his life be exhibited in my human flesh? Beware of saying, “Oh I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are not. Recognize your need, but stop longing and make it a matter of action. Receive Jesus Christ to become sanctification for you by absolute, unquestioning faith, and the great miracle of the atonement of Jesus will become real in you.
All that Jesus made possible becomes mine through the free and loving gift of God on the basis of what Christ accomplished on the cross. And my attitude as a saved and sanctified soul is that of profound, humble holiness (there is no such thing as proud holiness). It is a holiness based on agonizing repentance, a sense of inexpressible shame, realization that the love of God demonstrated itself to me while I cared nothing about him (Romans 5:8). He completed everything for my salvation and sanctification. No wonder Paul said that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Sanctification makes me one with Jesus Christ, and in him one with God, and it is accomplished only through the magnificent atonement of Christ. Never confuse the effect with the cause. The effect in me is obedience, service, and prayer, and is the outcome of inexpressible thanks and adoration for the miraculous sanctification that has been brought about in me because of the atonement through the Cross of Christ.
About the Author
Oswald Chambers was an early 20th century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, still one of the most-read books in all Christianity.