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sanctification

September 10, 2009

Sanctification: the process by which we cooperate with God for our holiness.

I read this from Matt Chandler, a pastor in the great nation of Texas, and it summed up exactly what God is teaching me right now.  The part in red is the part that hits me the hardest.

Sanctification here at The Village begins by answering two questions. What stirs your affections for Jesus Christ? And what robs you of those affections? Many of the things that stifle growth are morally neutral. They’re not bad things. Facebook is not bad. Television and movies are not bad. I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.

The same goes for following sports. It’s not wrong, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much. I get stupid. If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem. These things rob my affections for Christ. I want to fill my life with things that stir my affections for him. . . .

We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with things that stir their affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.

I spend the vast majority of my time asking the wrong question, “Is it OK for me to watch _____, do ________?, say ________?, read _________?”  If we want to grow in spiritual maturity we have to stop asking the question “Is this action OK?” and start asking “Does this stir or dull my affection for Christ?”

That is turning my world upside-down right now.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynetta permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:57 pm

    I haven’t heard this word since we were in a Nazarene church 🙂 Nor have I ever heard it defined that way, but it’s very well put. This blessed me.

  2. Jennifer permalink
    September 10, 2009 9:20 pm

    I actually linked to that blog this morning from your blog and was really challenged by that thought. Now, you have brought it to my attention again. 🙂 I totally agree with you, Josh.

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