No Vacation from Sanctification

         When speaking of a particularly perturbing situation with another person, I’ve heard Christian people proclaim, “And then I just had to put my religion on the shelf and give him a piece of my mind, you know, to set him straight.” Loud buzzer; wrong answer. What kind of witness are we of the transforming power of the Lord if we take on and off our “religion” like we take on and off our coats?

          Proverbs 28:14 states, “Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity” (NKJ). Other Bible versions translate this proverb like this:

  • Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (KJV)
  • Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble. (NLT)
  • Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. (NIV)

         Wow. According to this proverb, our happiness—our state of blessedness—is directly tied to the consistency of our reverence. We would notice the positive move of God in our lives on a regular basis if our continual employment was centered in living in reverential fear of God.

          We cannot afford to take a vacation from our sanctification. What is sanctification? Sanctification is the holy lifestyle being built in us as we walk with God. Today’s proverb expresses that our outward actions should always be expressive of our inward motive to please God by avoidance of wrongdoing. We must constantly keep God’s standards in mind and allow them to direct our actions and control our tongues.

           No more of this “putting our religion on the shelf.” Jesus could have come down from the cross to save Himself, but He finished the painful job He started and effectively washed away our sin. Stay on your “cross” until the job is done. Go through the pain that forgiveness and showing mercy inflicts. You too will rise again in newness of life on the other side of what you judged as agony. Fear doing wrong; always be reverent; let God work through you. God will see to it that you are happy and blessed by the outcome.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

~ by sanewriter on November 9, 2012.

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