Text: James 1:21-25
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Perfection is God’s standard for all His children. Sanctification is key in attaining perfection. It is the inward spiritual transformation that Jesus, our high priest works in us through the Holy Spirit. The word, sanctify and holy come from the same Hebrew and Greek word which means ‘to be declared clean and pure.’. That is, to set apart and separated from what is common. In this case, it is to be separated for the Lord. To be holy is to be uncommon. “Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”” (II Cor 6:17).
Sanctification is a lifelong process. You were called to be holy and blameless(Eph 1:4). The main tool of sanctification is the word of God. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3). Even though, you have been made clean, you are to daily clean yourself from all forms of defilement of the world and to strive to be holy like Jesus in all your conducts. As you daily yield to the word of God, the Holy Spirit impacts God’s truth in you, reproves when you are wrong, brings you back to the right way and instructs you. (2 Tim 3:16-17). You must live obediently and be submissive to the authority of the word of God. Your level of sanctification is related to your ability to submit to God’s corrections through His word. This is why you see many worldly believers in the church today. Like Mr. Lot who was vexed by the sin of Sodom but didn’t won’t to lose it’s gains, they want to follow God but don’t want to come out of the world! (2 Pet 2:8).
Friends, if you desire perfection, be willing to submit to God’s word and always ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to yield.
1. Father, help me to always submit myself to the authority of Your word and to yield to its corrections in Jesus name.
2. Father, please cleanse me from every defilement of my spirit and body and keep me holy in my conducts in Jesus name.
1. My perfection is a function of my willingness to submit to God’s word and it’s corrections.
2. As fire removes the dross from gold until it becomes pure, sanctification is a lifelong process that makes me perfect and complete.