God’s will for you is no more, or less than sanctification.
Jesus Christ came to cleanse the sinner, and He will not give up on His work for you until you are perfect.
Phil 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
No matter where you are in life, God’s end game with you is holiness: spiritual perfection.
At the creation, God created all things. This testimony is repeadedly given to us in scripture: that what God has made is GOOD (Gen 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31, etc.).
All of God’s work is good… but there is WORK. We, all of us are in process with God. Your destiny is not chiefly about what you DO in this life; it is chiefly about what God does in your life. If you are saved, He has started a good work in you, and He will continue to complete that work until it is finnished, or Christ returns.
If you are not saved, then the words of this very message are begining God’s work in your life. The spiritual Truth God is unveiling to you through these these words has power to change you, and start the process.
In any case, let me point out to you another spiritual Truth with this regard: God will never rest until His work in you is done (and that work is to perfect you).
People like to point out that God rested on the seventh day of creation without understanding why. Why did God rest on the seventh day?
Gen 2:1 & 2 – 1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, WERE FINISHED. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work WHICH HE HAD DONE, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work WHICH HE HAD DONE.
Hey guys, God doesn’t rest on Saturdays anymore. According to Jesus, God is working ceaselessly: ‘My Father worketh hitherto [that is: ‘up till now,’ or ‘constantly’], and I work.’
Why does Jesus say that God is working constantly when Genesis says He rested on the seventh day?
Actually what Genesis 2:1 & 2 says (as we’ve just read) is: God completed His work of creating all things (for all things were created – there was no more to do), so He rested FROM THAT.
There is a completion of God’s work in the earth!
God never slumbers, nor sleeps (Ps 121:41), and He only ever rests when the work is done.
I’m happy to say, God still has work to do in me; He will never leave me, nor forsake me, He will perform His work in me until the resurrection!
Do you want to find God’s will for your life? God’s will for you is sanctification; its not a bunch of works that God has for you to do (He has works for you, don’t worry about that (Eph 2:10)); its not some oppotunity that you might miss if you aren’t paying attention; its not the person you marry (or the one you’re convinced you should, or shouldn’t have). All of those things are circumstantial, and not central to God’s perfect will, which is to make you perfect: to transform you to the likeness of Jesus.
God’s will for you is sanctification (1 Thess 4:3)! To me that’s liberating because God has promised never to stop working on it… and because it removes the pressure of my performance. Knowing that God works all things together for good to them that love Him, and are called according tot His purpose (which purpose is to make us holy), I know that whatever happens in my life God’s perfect will can be getting done in me regardless. If I lose my job, guess what? God can use that situation to sanctify me. When I lose a loved one to suicide it has no bearing on God’s perfect will in my life. If the devil takes everyting I have, as he did Job, it has no bearing on God’s work in me – and can in fact draw me nearer to His purpose if my pursuit is holiness.
Contratiwise, if my pursuit is some goal… does that goal, whatever it is make me holy? Does it make others holy? You aren’t the only person in the world. God wants to sanctify all of us.
Ephesians 5:25-27 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; 26 That He might sanctify, and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Christ came into the world to this end: that He might save, and sanctify the whole human race. Before man fell into sin, we were good (Gen 1:31). Now His work of creating the world is complete… likewise His work of preparing the Way of our salvation is complete (for which cause Jesus declared: ‘It is finnished!’ and rested from His work of preparing the way (John 19:30).
Jesus has made the way, but there’s still work to be done in you and in me. Ah, but hitherto the Father worketh, and Christ works. His work is to sanctify us, and He will complete that until the ressurrection.
What should our response be?
Follow peace with all men, and honiless, without which no man shall see the Lord. (Heb 12:14)
Like a little 80s rock just for fun?
‘The provision has been made, The foundation has been laid, He paid the ransom due, and tore the temple vail in two, and opened up the way for me and you.’ Good stuff 🙂