“And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men.” (1st Samuel 2:26)
God’s salvation includes sanctification. Sanctification is growth in holiness, or becoming more like God in character and conduct. The child Samuel was therefore being sanctified under Eli’s direction, and he was becoming more like God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, many times when we see children or friends and it’s been a long time, notice their growth, both looking and acting like their parents. Much the same was happening to Samuel, under Eli’s careful direction and the whole community recognized that both his conduct and overall growth had affected him so much, that he was more like God. It is our desire and hope, that though the reading and studying of your Word, that we too might begin to conduct ourselves more like You and the way we use to act. Thank You, Abba, for your open love for Your people. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith; loses all.”
“Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time” (Daniel 11:35)
Daniel saw the death and martyrdom of so many pious leaders (verse 33) as bringing about the refining, purifying and making spotless of God’s people for the end times. This is a good way to describe the process of sanctification. Sanctification refines, purifies, and cleanses us. The holy example of others challenge us to stronger commitment to God’s way of life.
“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith to me. ” (Acts 26:18)
Christian workers should be as concerned as Paul about the sanctification of their converts. Sanctification is by faith in Jesus Christ. Here the emphasis is on the beginning of sanctification at conversion. Sanctification involves forgiveness of sins. Here the emphasis is on a passive state given by God Himself to those actively serving Him. God’s power makes the Christian holy. Elsewhere, sanctification is also described as a active process of growing in Christ’s image.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“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.” (1st Thessalonians 5:23)
God’s sanctification is for our total being, outward and inward. H wants to make us wholly holy. Sanctification is salvation presently at wok in us leading us to obey Him and preparing us for the final judgment.