You would think that after 20 years of living, I would have the self-regulation necessary to live in obedience to God. Yet, I seem make the same failures on a daily basis. As Chris Rice says, I am “hanging on to that same old piece of forbidden fruit.” I endeavor to live a holy life, but, like the Apostle Paul, “I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate” (Romans 7:15) Sanctification is so attainable, but I fail to grasp it.
Thankfully, my salvation is secure despite my human inadequacy. Nonetheless, God’s will is my sanctification, and I want to please my Lord. Being like Christ is something that I will never be able to do in human strength. With the help of the Holy Spirit, however, I can live righteously like my Savior. This does not mean that I can sit idly by and wait for God to change my actions. Throughout the Bible, there are clear steps to becoming more like God’s Son.
1) Ask for forgiveness for personal sins.
“In Christ, we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace which he has given to us so fully and freely.” – Ephesians 1:7-8
2) Surrender your body and life to Christ.
“So brothers and sisters, since God has shows us a great mercy, I beg you to offer lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.” – Romans 12:1
3) Renew your mind and bring your thoughts under Christ’s subjection.
“Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking.” – Romans 12:2
“…We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.” – 2 Cor. 10:5
4) Every time you fail, start back at step one.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness.” – I John 1:9