This year we are looking to the Word of God to uncover truths (50 in all) of how God sees each one of us. If this is your first time here or you simply need a reminder of how God sees you, click here to begin reading through the series.
Seeing Ourselves as Sanctified Through the Eyes of God
“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.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Despite my brown thumb, there have been a few times where a plant has flourished under my care. I had always dreamed of growing my own roses. So when we purchased our first house, we went to the local nursery and picked out rose bushes to decorate the front of our new home.
The plant nursery armed me with special rose food and instructions for growing healthy rose bushes. But one instruction was hard to follow. After I had picked my last rose of the season, I had to cut back my rose bushes in order to stimulate new growth in the spring.
With each branch I cut, there was less and less of my rose bushes to love. But come spring all the pruning proved worth it because I had even more roses to sniff and fill my vases with.
When God sanctifies us, He does the same thing. He cuts away the parts that aren’t blooming in our lives. The old friends that encourage us to party and hang out rather than go to church and serve. The old habits that drag us away from His purpose for our life.
But we don’t have to get ourselves all cleaned up before coming to Him. God is our Master Gardener. And it is He who does the work of sanctifying us.
He cuts away the dead things over our lifetime, working from the inside out. Cutting away our anger so His love will blossom. Replacing our bitterness with His forgiveness. Pruning away our discouragement and filling us with hope in His Son Jesus.
I’m set apart for the things of God to bring glory to God.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being the Master Gardener who cuts away what isn’t producing in my life. Help me to trust You when I don’t understand so I can fully submit to Your gentle pruning. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify [me] through and through. May [my] whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (personalized)
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Rest in His presence.