Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless. Until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 24 God will make this happen for he who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
There’s a mountain near my house that I love to climb called Mount Monadnock. If you are not familiar with the mountain, you might be deceived by a number of false peaks. You believe you are about to ascend to summit, only to be disappointed to find out that there is much more to climb. They call this a false top.
Recently, in my “holiness” journey I have been discouraged to find myself fighting the same redundant fights, climbing the hard climb only to look up and realize I have so far still to go. The sin that I can’t seem to conquer, reappears. I seem to be struggling with the same things over and over again. Maybe it’s not you, but your husband, child, or friend that seems to be fighting that same battle over and over again.
Here’s the promise I’ve been clinging to: God promises to sanctify you throughout this life, he promises to leave no part untouched by his work, sanctification is his commitment to you. Let’s leave the progress up to him. We must entrust holiness, i.e.: sanctification to the God of peace that promises us that we will be made complete. That he is working on the fragments of our lives. He is taking your old house and slowly chipping away and replacing it piece by piece.
God is acting faithfully on your behalf, your spouse’s behalf, your child’s behalf. He only asks us to yield our spirit in obedience to the Holy Spirit, the change enactor, and he can be counted faithful to do the rest. Stay focused on your weaknesses and you will continually feel defeated. Focus on God’s faithfulness and you will be able to look down and see how far you’ve climbed. “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:8)